The Republican Party just received a huge win in Texas. In the city of McAllen, Republican Javier Villalobos won his mayoral campaign, capturing 51.11% of the vote in the race against Democratic candidate Veronica Vela-Whitacre, Fox News reported.
While McAllen has been a Democrat stronghold for decades, Republicans now are pushing into the area, thanks to a shift toward the Republican Party in the Hispanic population. In many ways, Villalobos’ win shows that the groundwork former President Donald Trump laid in the Hispanic community is paying dividends.
Trump flipped five Democratic voting counties in South Texas during the 2020 election. Now, Republicans are maintaining that work, and Villalobos will likely be the first of many Republicans to drive Democrats back.
This victory has huge implications for the Democratic Party. Consistently losing ground with the Hispanic voting block would be devastating, especially after how much work they have done to keep their votes.
Despite the smear campaigns Democrats have run against Republicans, more and more Hispanic Americans are voting red. We already saw the beginnings of this movement in Florida, and now Texas is going in the same direction.
NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said last month, “If you look at these poll numbers, Hispanics all across the county are Republicans. If Republicans reach out to them, we’re going to win.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also addressed the growing demographic shift, saying, “These are communities made up of people who value common sense wisdom and working-class values.”
Villalobos celebrated his victory with a message to supporters saying, “Let me start by thanking the voters, my team, my family [and] everyone who helped run this campaign. Thank you McAllen for trusting [and] believing in me. I promise to not let you down.”
Democrats in trouble
Many Hispanic voters are no longer buying the lies of the Democratic Party, and they could be a large part of the Republican effort to regain power in 2022. The Hispanic vote is just what Republicans need to break the political stalemate that has emerged.
If Democrats lose the Hispanic vote, it will destroy their hopes of turning Texas into a battleground state. Arizona could flip back red, and New Mexico could become contested.
The identity politics of the Democratic Party have left them little room for error. Losing a group of voters that are supposed to vote blue no matter what will wreak havoc on Democrats’ plans to stay in power.
Republicans need to keep up what Trump started and continue to grow the tent of the Republican Party.