Democrats are now in danger of losing three long held seats in southern Texas.
There is no question that the crisis at the border is playing a role in this.
The people who live in these border communities feel like they have been completely abandoned, and they have been.
The Texas Tribune reports:
Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas
Fending off the Republican advance in South Texas this fall was already going to be a taller-than-usual order for Democrats. But few Democrats anticipated it would be this hard.
Thanks to a succession of self-inflicted choices, fallout from redistricting and some flat bizarre circumstances, Democrats are confronting a mind-numbing set of complications in their fight to hold on to three seats in South Texas. And national polling indicates Democrats have no room for error if they want to hold off a Republican challenge in a region that was once a historical Democratic stronghold.
The seats in question are held by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar of Laredo and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen. A third vacant seat recently belonged to Filemon Vela of Brownsville, who stepped down to take a private sector lobbying job.
“For Democrats, there may simply be too many fires to put out at once,” national political analyst David Wasserman, of the Cook Political Report, said to The Texas Tribune.
Democrats have been united and energized in recent days in their opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott ordering security checks of trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that has ground trade in the region to a halt.
For Democrats, this is entirely self-inflicted.
NEW from @TexasTribAbby: Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional seats in South Texas. “There may simply be too many fires to put out at once,” @Redistrict says https://t.co/hRFfDsNAkb #txlege
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) April 14, 2022
All they had to do was protect the border, and they refused to do it.