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Democrats Poised To Suffer ‘Self-Inflicted Tragedy’ If They Dismiss South TX GOP Hispanic Candidates

For a long time, Democrats have noticed warning signs from Republicans that GOP momentum is real in Texas along the southern border. 

The warning seems to be reaching deaf ears.

A special election will take place on June 14 to fill the vacant seat of Rep. Filemon Vela, D-TX. Vela resigned from his seat in order to be a lobbyist. Texas’ 34th Congressional District could be the first one to flip and go to Republicans.

Specifically, to one Hispanic woman I’ve written about before: Mayra Flores.

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Texas 34th Congressional district is in the Rio Grande Valley. It has experienced a steady decrease in Democrat performance. Vela won 62% of votes when he was elected his first time in 2012. Biden only managed 51% of the vote in 2020.

It’s a place Republicans would do well to keep their eye on as it has the potential to turn pretty red in the fall. This is partly due to Republican Hispanic candidate. 

Mayra Flowers is the GOP candidate to fill that seat. She will become the first Republican to be elected to that office in over a decade. 

The Democrats are worried about this. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D–TX), who represents neighboring 15th District, said: 

“I’m very concerned. “The Republicans have been investing heavily and are fully committed to the district. The DCCC will be tested in their commitment to South Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and Latino areas of this country. If we don’t keep the seat blue on June 14, it will be a tragedy. It really will be a self-inflicted tragedy.”

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The GOP is booming in South Texas and Hispanics are quickly becoming no fans of Joe Biden

Texas’ Republican Hispanic candidate are increasing in popularity. The GOP is taking notice and investing more funds into these campaigns. Particularly Hispanic women are making significant inroads in South Texas with voters.

In addition to Mayra Flores, the Trump-endorsed Monica De La Cruz is the GOP nominee in Texas’ 15th Congressional District.

Adrienne Pena Garza was elected Hidalgo County GOP Chair on May 20, 2021. Hidalgo County voted 29% Republican in 2020, compared to just 17% in 2018 – far from a majority, but a huge leap in just two years.

Democrats that are Hispanic voters have it worse. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed just 26% of Hispanic voters approved of Joe Biden’s job performance. At 60%, disapproval was the highest.

Those numbers are in sharp contrast with the same time in 2021, where 55% of Hispanics approved of Biden’s job performance and 29% disapproved. Hispanics preferred Joe Biden to Donald Trump in 2020 by a 2:1 margin. 

Monica De La Cruz said of the Republican Party’s growing presence in south Texas, “The people here in South Texas, in my entire district, everyone is following this election. It will show the strength of the Republican movement that’s happening here.”

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