Democrats Lose Stronghold — Key Voting Group Abandons Party

Voters in majority-Hispanic town of McAllen, Texas sent a direct message to the radical Democrat Party when they flipped the script and elected a Republican Mayor to lead the city.

Elections results indicate that Javier Villalobos, who currently serves as a Republican city commissioner, won over 50% of the vote against Democrat Veronica Whitacre. Votes will be certified and an official winner will be named by June 14, but preliminary results show that a victory for Villalobos is eminent.

The election results demonstrate a major shift in support from Democrats to Republicans amongst the Hispanic community in Texas as well in other states. Specifically in South Texas, a heavily hispanic region, Democrats have been able to dominate for decades – but not any more.

Last November then-President Donald Trump flipped five different Hispanic-majority counties in Texas. For example, in Zapata County, where 94% of voters are of Hispanic descent, Trump dominated, doubling the number of votes he received in 2016. His win smashed records as a Republican presidential candidate has not won Zapata County since the 1920 election. The Former President also flipped Kennedy County, where he lost in 2016. His 2020 win was monumental, taking the formerly-blue county by 32 points just four years after his loss.

Trump’s success with Hispanic voters comes as a result of the policies his administration put forth from 2017-2021. Not only was the border secure, a measure legal Hispanic immigrants heavily favor, but he enabled business to thrive, farming to flourish, and taxes to plummet — measures that allowed for record Hispanic American success.

The race for Texas’s 15th Congressional District, which stretches from McAllen to the western suburbs of San Antonio, gave Republicans reason to celebrate quietly. Incumbent Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Democrat, won the district by 9 points in 2016. In 2020, the margin of his win fell to just 3 points.

The pattern of Republican success amongst Latin American voters has continued throughout Texas. Democrat Incumbent Rep. Filemon Vela Jr, narrowly inched out a win against Republican challenger Rey Gonzalez. The Texas republican lost his 2016 election by 25 points, but shortened the margin to 16 points in 2020.

The policies put forth by Senate Republicans have aided in their appeal to the growing number of Hispanics in the United States. The RNC recently launched a Spanish-language media outreach program in January ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, pointing to a wide-ranging poll of Hispanic voters.

Author: Asa McCue