A Republican candidate won a shocking victory Tuesday in Texas, capturing a state Senate seat that has been held by Democrats for 139 years -- and fizzling out Democrats' "blue wave" aspirations to flip the Lone Star State.
Pete Flores, a former leader of the state Parks and Wildlife Department's law enforcement division, won the reliably blue district against Democrat Pete Gallego.
"I owe this first to God and then to the grassroots in all of our counties in Senate District 19," Flores said after his opponent conceded the race, the Texas Tribune reported. … More
Ahead of a sweep of October-like air, damaging thunderstorms, including the risk of tornadoes, will march across the midwestern United States on Thursday afternoon and night.
A former tropical depression will bring needed rainfall, but also a flood risk to the southwestern United States and southern High Plains into Friday.
Forecasters are calling for an excellent fall foliage season in parts of the Northeast this year, thanks to ideal weather conditions over the summer.
This season's first bout of fall-like weather is on the horizon for the Midwest, where drier, cooler and sunnier weather is expected to move in by the end of the week.