Texas State Senate seat flips in special election, giving Republicans a supermajority in chamber

Peter Flores (R) defeated Pete Gallego (D) in the special election runoff for the District 19 seat of the Texas State Senate last night. The seat was previously held by Carlos Uresti (D). Uresti resigned in June 2018, four months after he was found guilty of charges related to bribery surrounding a government contract and charges of wrongdoing. This is the second seat to flip from Democratic to Republican control in state legislative special elections this year. Ten seats have flipped from Republican to Democratic control.

The Republican win gives the GOP a two-thirds supermajority in the Texas Senate, which is the margin required to override a gubernatorial veto. Republicans are eight seats short of a two-thirds supermajority in the state House. Both chambers would need to approve any potential veto override. The current governor of Texas is Republican Greg Abbott. Texas is one of 26 Republican trifectas.

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