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The most important newspapers and television news networks have dedicated air and ink to the importance that the Hispanic vote has been acquiring, and the growth of the Republican party within the largest minority in the United States. A recent poll by NBC and Telemundo concludes that Democrats are losing their advantage over Republicans among Hispanic voters, and by giant leaps. In fact, the poll also reveals that most Hispanics believe Republicans will do a better job on the economy, border security and crime. Obviously, the two most important issues that Hispanics take into consideration when voting are economic well-being and the fight against crime. This trend of Latinos moving into Republican tents has meant that, in 10 years, the Democrats’ lead has been cut in half.
The Economist/YouGov, found that only 46% of Hispanic voters approve of Joe Biden’s performance in the White House, 61% of Hispanics believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the same percentage that believes we are going through a recession. And if Democrats believe that Hispanics are going to stop worrying about inflation because of the abortion issue, the election results will show them the colossal size of their mistake. 87% of Latinos oppose the radical agenda of the Democrats, which defends the legalization of abortion without any type of restriction.
Hispanics, like most Americans, especially when we pay the grocery bill or fill up the gas tank, miss the economic reality that we had in the previous administration, under the Republican leadership. During the Donald Trump administration Hispanics had the lowest unemployment rates, increased wage income, and many of us were able to buy our own homes. A few weeks before the election, our Hispanic candidates, more than twenty of them Republican nominees running for a seat in the United States Congress, are traveling across the country carrying a message of optimism, faith, family and prosperity.
While our opponents advocate defunding the police, open borders, decriminalization of drugs, and indoctrination in schools, our candidates advocate legal immigration, strengthening law enforcement, starting with the border patrol and Customs and Border Protection, so that fentanyl and other illegal drugs don’t continue to flow uncontrollably throughout the country.
And we are already seeing the results. The Hispanic vote was crucial in Glen Youngkin’s victory for governor of Virginia, the state where Jason Miyares was elected as the first Cuban American Attorney General. Mayra Flores painted red the 34th district of Texas, traditionally Democrat, Javier Villalobos was elected as the first Republican in many years to become Mayor of McAllen, also in Texas, where John Lujan managed to flip the 118th district.
We’re winning, and it’s not from yesterday, and it’s not just because Biden couldn’t be doing any worse. We are winning because we are doing things right, we are broadening the compass of our entire party, opening it up to everyone, and especially to minorities. In 2020, we netted 15 seats in the House of Representatives. In each of those seats that flipped to the GOP, the elected winner was either a woman, minority, or veteran. Five Hispanic Republicans were part of the 15 seats flipped.
And among all the good things we have been doing, it is important to highlight the opening of the RNC Community Centers, aimed at approaching and serving minority groups. For the 2022 cycle, the Republican National Committee has made a multi-million-dollar pledge to continue our organizing efforts in Hispanic communities in key states. Under the leadership of President Ronna McDaniel, the RNC has opened 21 Hispanic community centers across the country, which have become true meeting points and channels of two-way communication, and where we have been able to, among many other things, teach courses of civics and history of the United States, to legal residents who aspire to become American citizens.
We are without a doubt the party where we all feel welcome, the party that works to help us conquer our American Dream, the party where we find the respect we’ve earned. To Democrats, as Biden himself, the first lady, and Mrs. Pelosi have told us clearly, we are nothing more than Latinx breakfast tacos who came to this country to pick crops.
Jaime Florez is the Hispanic Communications Director - Republican National Committe. Public Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing Executive with extensive experience in politics, international trade, publishing, and mass media // Jaime Florez es Director de Comunicaciones Hispanas - Comité Nacional Republicano. Ejecutivo de Relaciones Públicas, Asuntos Públicos, Comunicaciones y Marketing con amplia experiencia en política, comercio internacional, publicaciones y medios de comunicación.