Republicans won 3 mayoral elections in Texas during the weekend, increasing the party’s hope of building on significant 2020 gains with Latino voters.
The most significant victory occurred in the border town of McAllen, Texas, where Hillary Clinton defeated former President Donald Trump by nearly 40 points in 2016.
The GOP also secured mayoral victories in Fort Worth and Arlington.
McAllen, which is about 85% Hispanic, elected its first Republican mayor in 24 years. Javier Villalobos, a city commissioner and former chairman of the Hidalgo County GOP, defeated Veronica Vela Whitacre, a Democrat, in Saturday’s runoff election by about 200 votes.
The tally will be canvassed and certified by city officials on June 14, Newsweek reported.
Newsmax’s Steve Cortes, who co-hosts “Cortes & Pellegrino,” took to Twitter following Villalobos’ triumph.
“Amazing news! McAllen, Texas is a major border town of 140,000 people. 85% Hispanic — and just elected a Republican mayor. The macro realignment accelerates in South Texas, and elsewhere, as Hispanics rally to America First,” Cortes tweeted. “Strong Borders. Economic Nationalism. Pro-Police.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted that the GOP’s success in Texas was due to the Biden administration’s “failed policies.”
“Whether rejecting a crisis at the border or