Flores Takes Runoff, Will Face Edwards in General ElectionApril 14, 2010
Less than an hour after polls closed in yesterday's runoff, Bill Flores received a concession call from challenger Rob Curnock, winning handily the right to be the Republican candidate for the District 17 congressional seat. Flores, a late entry into the race, bested a candidate in Curnock who had a two year head start and ran close with Edwards in 2008. Flores said from College Station that, in the end, he believes his messaging resonated with district Republicans.
A former energy executive, Flores beat Waco small-business owner Rob Curnock, who ran on a theme of finishing the job his campaign started in 2008. After conceding at his Waco headquarters, Curnock congratulated Flores and analyzed why his campaign came up short.
The well-funded nature of Flores' campaign comes in part from the wealthy candidate's ability to self-fund, as well as from a substantially larger amount of donations than Curnock. Said Flores, that's a strength going up against an incumbent like Edwards.
Acknowledging that running against a 10 term incumbent like Edwards presents a challenge, Flores says he believes he can tap into voters' desire for change in Washington, change he believes would include a conservative representative in an overwhelmingly Republican district.
With his campaign over, Curnock said yesterday he's not planning on running for office again, but would not rule it out, and that he and his wife will vote for Flores but stay out of the general election proceedings. Flores now turns his attention to November in a race that the influential Cook Political Report says "leans Democratic" in what could be one of the most closely-watched races in the country. We'll have coverage throughout the campaign on KWBU-FM. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.