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Title: Republican victories in South Texas prove once again that demographics aren't everything
Source: washington examiner
URL Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ ... -demographics-arent-everything
Published: Jun 9, 2021
Author: washington examiner
Post Date: 2021-06-09 19:56:02 by tankumo
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Views: 16

Republicans picked up a victory in a heavily Hispanic Texas border city in yet another race that proves demographics are not the be-all and end-all in politics.

The border-town victory for the GOP is a rebuke to identity politics from Democrats and a refutation of those immigration restrictionists on the Right who promised immigration meant doom for Republicans. And it's yet another sign that the future of the GOP is a working- class party.

Javier Villalobos, the former chairman of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, will be the next mayor in McAllen, Texas. Hidalgo County, which includes McAllen, has seen a steady shift toward the GOP: Sen. John Cornyn lost the county by 24 points in 2014 before cutting the gap to 15 points in 2020. Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, whose district includes McAllen, escaped last November with a 3-point margin victory after winning his previous two elections by nearly 20 points.

McAllen is 85% Hispanic. Hidalgo County is 92% Hispanic. And Texas’s 15th Congressional District, which Gonzalez narrowly managed to keep in Democratic control, is over 81% Hispanic. The average pundit would assume those numbers alone indicate the GOP should be nowhere near competitive in this part of the country. And yet, here we are.

A conversation with Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum The GOP has come a long way in South Texas. Current Gov. Greg Abbott visited McAllen and the surrounding area multiple times in his first run for governor in 2014. He went on to lose Hidalgo County by 28 points. Democrats mocked him at the time for the effort, but Abbott crushed Democratic opponent Wendy Davis regardless. Republicans were not................

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