Republican Javier Villalobos just won the race for mayor in McAllen, Texas.
This is kind of a big deal because the city is majority Hispanic and it’s in a county that went to Hillary in 2016 and Biden in 2020.
Alarm bells and sirens should be going off at the Democratic National Committee.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Republican wins mayoral race in majority-Hispanic McAllen, Texas
Voters in McAllen, Texas, selected the chairman of the Hidalgo County Republican Party as their next mayor.
Preliminary election results indicate Javier Villalobos, who currently serves as a city commissioner, won 51.11% of the vote in his runoff election against Veronica Whitacre. Votes will be canvassed and certified by city officials on June 14.
“Let me start by thanking the voters, my team, my family [and] everyone who helped run this campaign,” Villalobos wrote on Facebook after his victory. “Thank you McAllen for trusting [and] believing in me. I promise to not let you down.”
The election results point to a wider pattern of incremental successes for Republicans in South Texas, a heavily Hispanic region that has been politically dominated by Democrats for decades.
Former President Donald Trump flipped five Hispanic-majority Texas counties last November. In Zapata County, which is 94% Hispanic, Trump doubled the number of votes he received. The county had not been won by a Republican presidential candidate since the 1920 election. Trump also flipped Kenedy County, where he lost by 8 points in 2016. Trump won the county by 32 points four years later.
This is pretty huge news.
Holy cow… Republicans just flipped the mayorship of McAllen, Texas.
This was not expected and shows Hispanics in South Texas may have shifted with the GOP even post Trumphttps://t.co/bFOMpNcNrS
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 6, 2021
Javier Villalobos is a proven leader who cares deeply about the people of the Rio Grande Valley.
— Texans for Abbott (@AbbottCampaign) June 6, 2021
— Roy Quintanilla (@RoyMatt_Q) June 6, 2021
Is this a sign of things to come?