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Beto O'Rourke blames Biden for Hispanic voting shift

During the 2020 election, Beto O'Rourke Blamed Joe Biden for playing a part in Latino voters' shift toward the right.

Beto O'Rourke | Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

“Candidate Biden didn’t spend a dime or a day in the Rio Grande Valley—or really anywhere in Texas, for that matter—once we got down in the homestretch of the general election,” O’Rourke said at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24.

The number of Latino voters supporting Trump in 2020 increased from 2016. Trump's approval rating among Hispanic voters grew by 10 percent from 28 percent to 38 percent, according to Pew Research. During her 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton won 62 percent of Hispanic votes, while Biden earned 59 percent.

A significant shift in Hispanic votes occurred in South Texas, a traditionally Democratic stronghold. Clinton won Zapata County in 2016, but Trump won it in 2020.

Hispanic voters in Texas voted for GOP candidates because of their strong, compelling economic message," O'Rourke said Saturday.

GOP momentum among Hispanics appears to be sustained in Texas. A conservative Republican named Mayra Flores beat a Democrat named Dan Sanchez in a special election in June by roughly eight percentage points. As the first Mexican-born Republican to represent Texas in Congress, Flores is only the second Republican to win a Rio Grande Valley congressional district.

26 September 2022


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