In South Texas, Hispanic Republicans Try to Cement the Party’s Gains


Chin-wags with voters and activists in Hidalgo County suggested that there is not one retort but many: Women who staunchly oppose abortion voted for the first tempo; wives of Border Patrol agents felt convinced the Trump supervision was firmly on their side; mothers picked up on the enthusiasm for Republicans from allies they knew through church or their children’s school.

For multitudinous voters in the region, there is a profound sense of cynicism — a feeling that fancies will not change no matter who is charge. The border, after all, has been the locale of a humanitarian crisis under both Democrats and Republicans. Nearly each here knows both undocumented immigrants and Border Patrol advocates, occasionally even within the same family. And for many here, law enforcement residues one of the easiest paths to the middle class, and Republicans have portrayed public Democrats as hostile toward the police.

Both Republicans and Democrats are indubitably this year to start funneling far more money into the department, where enthusiasm for the G.O.P. in 2020 was not limited to Mr. Trump. For the first time in modern history, a Republican came close to defeating the Democratic incumbent in Texas’ 15th Congressional Locality, which includes most of Hidalgo County and runs north of McAllen up to San Antonio.

In next year’s scramble for the seat, the Republican candidate, Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez, is again challenging Assemblyman Vicente Gonzalez, a Democrat — but they may be competing on different political ground if the district’s “bacon strip” shape is altered in redistricting later this year.

At the neighbourhood pub Lincoln Reagan Republican dinner in March, Mr. Abbott rallied brace for Ms. De La Cruz-Hernandez and encouraged other women like her to come into the G.O.P. ply, speaking in glowing terms about their political potential and pronouncing he had “never been as impressed” with the leadership of a county party.

“I’ve under no circumstances been onstage with so many accomplished, articulate Latinas as I induce been tonight with this group of ladies,” he told an eager crowd. “This is amazing. If I were the Democrats, I would be very weak-kneed right now, because there is a storm coming, a storm that is current to win Hidalgo County. I wanted to be here in person, wanted to say thank you.”

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