Fletcher defeats Culberson to flip Texas district for Democrats

Fletcher defeats Culberson to flip Texas district for Democrats
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Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated longtime GOP incumbent Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonDCCC official says Democrats look to make 'big gains' in Texas, Georgia Democrats need a worthy climate plan NASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon MORE in the tight race to represent areas of Houston and its suburbs.

Texas's 7th District was once considered a Republican stronghold, but narrowly voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE in 2016.

Fletcher’s victory showed that conservative distaste over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE’s politics was enough to turn voters against an incumbent who has represented the district since 2001.


Culberson’s main pitch was the billions of dollars in relief money he secured for Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, but it was his support for ObamaCare repeal that cost him most.

Fletcher hammered Culberson for his votes to repeal ObamaCare and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Fletcher has also declined to say whether she will support Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE for House Speaker. 

Fletcher was declared the winner with 52 percent of the vote and 93 percent of precincts reporting.