Democrats were hoping that 2020 spelled the end of Donald Trump as a political force.
But Democrats’ dreams were shattered.
And some bad news on election night confirmed Democrats’ worst fear about Donald Trump.
Republicans sweeping statewide races in Virginia grabbed the main headlines on election night.
But a deep dive under the hood found that the Donald Trump-inspired realignment in American politics continued as Hispanic voters trended towards the Republican Party.
In Texas, Republican John Lujan flipped Texas House District 118 – which is 73 percent Hispanic – with a stunning victory over Democrat Frank Ramirez.
Lujan campaigned on the idea of border security and won the day.
In New Jersey, Republican Jack Ciattarelli came within less than a point of defeating incumbent Governor – and COVID tyrant – Phil Murphy in a state Joe Biden carried by 16 points.
One of the biggest takeaways from the election came in Passaic County where heavily Hispanic towns swung towards the Republican Party.
“From 2017, the biggest Republican gains came in Passaic City, Prospect Park, Woodland Park, and Little Falls Township. These are among the most heavily Hispanic areas of the county, suggesting that Trump’s 2020 gains may last without him on the ballot, and even with a relatively obscure Republican running,” Real Clear Politics’ election analyst Sean Trende wrote.
In 2020, some of the most dramatic shifts in the vote occurred with Hispanic voters.
Some of the left tried to write that off as the heavily Cuban population in Miami – which leans right to begin with – delivering Trump huge margins in Trump’s easier-than-expected win in Florida.
It wasn’t just Cubans that moved towards the GOP.
Democrats spent four years demonizing Trump as a racist for wanting a border wall only to see Hispanic counties in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas swing dramatically towards the president.
Liberal academic Ruy Teixeira reported that the Democrat data firm Catalist analyzed the returns and found Trump improving by double-digits across multiple Latino ethnic groups and in states across the country beyond Florida and Texas.
“According to Catalist, in 2020 Latinos had an amazingly large 16 point margin shift toward Trump. Among Latinos, Cubans did have the largest shifts toward Trump (26 points), but those of Mexican origin also had a 12 point shift and even Puerto Ricans moved toward Trump by 18 points. Moreover, Latino shifts toward Trump were widely dispersed geographically. Hispanic shifts toward Trump were not confined to Florida (28 points) and Texas (18 points) but also included states like Nevada (16 points), Pennsylvania (12 points), Arizona (10 points) and Georgia (8 points),”Teixeira stated.
Donald Trump drew working-class Hispanics into the GOP tent by opposing the Black Lives Matter riots, speaking out against economically crippling coronavirus lockdowns and appealing to these voters’ sense of patriotism.
Trump remade the political landscape by cementing working-class white and Hispanic voters as Republicans.
Democrats hoped it was a one-off because this coalition is a severe threat to the Democrats’ prospects because the majority of voters in America do not have a college degree.
Trump built the foundation of a coalition that could dominate the next decade in American politics.
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