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 CulbersonNASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon Texas New Members 2019 Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration 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 ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll MORE in 2016.

Fletcher’s victory showed that conservative distaste over President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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 PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Oval Office clash ups chances of shutdown MORE for House Speaker. 

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