Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Flores's historic win will almost certainly send Democrats reeling just months away from November as the party loses its long-held grip on Hispanic voters. Vela won the district, which is 84 percent Hispanic, by 20 points in 2018 and 14 points in 2020. But record-high inflation, gas prices, and illegal immigrant encounters under President Joe Biden have driven South Texas's Hispanic voters to the Republican Party in droves. Flores, for example, defeated Sanchez in Cameron County, which is 90 percent Hispanic. Biden won the county by double-digits less than two years ago.