Fletcher defeats Culberson to flip Texas district for Democrats

Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated longtime GOP incumbent Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonBottom line Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Bottom line 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 ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016.

Fletcher’s victory showed that conservative distaste over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s politics was enough to turn voters against an incumbent who has represented the district since 2001.ADVERTISEMENT

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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 PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE for House Speaker. 

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

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