Mayra Flores (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
The Republican candidate Mayra Flores (R-TX) won the special election in the 34th Congressional District of Rio Grande Valley, TX, continuing the ongoing Latino move to the right. In the immediate future, it fits with the predicted red wave in the 2022 congressional election. However, it may spell gloom and doom for the Democratic Party in the long run. Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of Hispanics, at 78.9% of the population. In the past, it has been a Democratic stronghold. In 2012, 61.9% voted for the Democratic candidate. However, in the 2020 election, the district shifted to the right by seven points, and the incumbent Representative, Filemon Vela (D-TX), won with only 55.4% of the votes. Less than two years later, the Democratic candidate got only 43.3%, and Flores won easily with 51%. Latino Shift Although the district is ...
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