Less than 24 hours after the GOP flipped a congressional district in South Texas, several Latino Democrats cornered their campaign chief on the House floor with a fervent plea: It’s time for the party to make a crucial course correction. Republicans blew up more than a century of almost uninterrupted Democratic control in that region Tuesday night, earning a special election win in a heavily Latino border district they had rarely even contested since its creation in 2012 — but where the GOP has made rapid gains in the last few years.
“I hope the DCCC learns their lesson with this before it happens across the country,” said Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who due to redistricting will face GOP Rep.-elect Mayra Flores this fall in a redrawn district.
“They have just forgotten about the brown people on the border,” Gonzalez continued. “And that’s basically what it is. I’m not going to try to sugarcoat it anymore. They are taking Latinos in South Texas for granted.”
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Republicans concede the district will become harder in the fall. But they are thrilled to have Flores as a strong ambassador for the GOP’s values in new territory. “You have a spokesperson who happens to be Hispanic, female and from the Valley,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), who joined Flores to campaign. “I can go down and I can have the same message,” he said. “But I think it is much more powerful and much more palatable and attractive, and some people who would tune me out will give her just enough time.”
Democrats flip districts and Republicans flip district, that's the way politics works. The trend was there in 2016 and 2020.
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