President Joe Biden looks likely to leave office with at least one major political achievement. He is about to be known as the president responsible for leading millions of Hispanic voters to the Republican Party.
In recent months, there has been a new subgenre of political reporting. These articles detail how more Hispanic voters are supporting Republicans. They typically feature Democrats shocked and appalled that Latinos are not acting as a unified, unconditional electoral bloc. It turns out that high gas prices, runaway inflation, and a looming recession aren’t popular with any demographic.
The Washington Post recently made a story on how Democrats are coping with “Vegas-weary voters.” Local Latino residents are exhausted with worries about their finances. They know exactly who is responsible too.
“The Democrats, this time around, let us down. I think they’re going too left,” Chris Romano, a Mexican-American, told The Post. “We all remember we were better off under (former President Donald Trump). There was money flowing in the street. People seemed happier.
CNN did a similar piece in Las Vegas with similar results. Isaura Gonzalez, who works at a local casino, said most people in her neighborhood generally vote Democratic. But it’s different this year.
“A lot of people, they’ve changed (party) or they don’t vote because they know they never change things,” she said.
This is happening all over the country. On the same day as the Nevada primary election, Mayra Flores won a special election in a Texas House district. She is the first Mexican-born woman to win a seat in the House of Representatives. His parents earned their living as migrant workers, and she even worked in cotton fields to earn extra money. Hard work and education allowed him to graduate from college.
In other circumstances, Democrats might consider this to be a profile straight from the central cast, with one exception. She is a Republican.
It is not an ordinary neighborhood either. This is 85% Hispanicand Mrs. Flores will be the first Republican to hold the seat. Special elections are not perfect predictors of future events. But it’s still a result that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago.
About 19% of the US population is Hispanic. In Nevada, it’s about 30%. Nationally, Latinos generally vote Democratic by more than 30 percentage points. This margin should be much narrower in November.
The Democrats’ policies directly led to high inflation and record gas prices. Latino voters took notice. More and more, they realize that their life was better with the Republicans in charge.