Shock GOP victory as border city McAllen, TX flips mayor’s office

Democrat dreams of flipping Texas blue took a body blow yesterday in a runoff election for mayor in the bluest part of the red state. McAllen, Texas, a border city whose population of over 143,000 is 85.3% Hispanic, handed victory to the Republican candidate, Javier Villalobos.

Yesterday, as the Progress Times reports:

City Commissioner Javier Villalobos won 51% of the vote during the mayoral runoff election — and defeated City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre by just 206 votes, according to results announced by the City Secretary’s Office on Saturday night.

“It was a tight one, so I congratulate my opponent,” Villalobos said. “It was a very well run campaign. But we’re very glad and fortunate that we prevailed.”

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The results won’t be certified until the city canvasses the votes on June 14, so there is always the possibility of shenanigans, I suppose.  Republican Villalobos was defeated in 2015 when he first ran for City Commission (or city council, as it is called other places), but in 2018 won a special election when the incumbent resigned to run for judge. Now, the entire city has backed him as its chief executive, the first Republican, at least in the current era, to hold the office.

The election continues and amplifies the trend of heavily Hispanic border communities converting from solid support for Democrats to supporting Republican candidates. In 2016, surrounding Hidalgo County voters gave Hillary Clinton 68.12% of their votes, and of those who voted for a straight party ticket, 73.45% supported Democrats, but in 2020, Joe Biden got 58.04% of the vote.

Border residents of all ethnicities are suffering from the overwhelming of social services, schools, and public facilities and from the crime brought by the wave of illegal immigrants. Democrats have always presumed that ethnic identity alone would cause Hispanic voters to support their open border policies. That racist thinking is incorrect, and McAllen voters have once again reminded them that floods of illegal immigrants are damaging to everyone.

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