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 CulbersonEx-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform The Hill's Morning Report - Dems debate if Biden's conduct with women disqualifying 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 ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE in 2016.

Fletcher’s victory showed that conservative distaste over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE for House Speaker. 

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