5. The candidates to watch

Photo illustration of Yesli Vega, Monica De La Cruz, Mayra Flores and Cassy Garcia.

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Nathan Howard, Anna Moneymaker, Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images, courtesy of Cassy Garcia for Congress and Monica De La Cruz for Congress

Four conservative Latina candidates are raising Republicans' hopes after winning congressional primaries in Texas and Virginia.

Driving the news: Now-Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas) flipped a Democrat-held seat in South Texas earlier this summer. She — along with fellow Texans Cassy Garcia and Monica De La Cruz, and Yesli Vega in Virginia — are part of a larger trend of Republican Latinas stepping up to run for office this cycle.

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