O’Rourke blames Democrats for falling support among Hispanic and Latino voters

Recent elections and polling appear to show a growing trend of Hispanic and Latino voters shifting toward the Republican Party, particularly in Florida and South Texas, and that shift portends future electoral doom for the Democratic Party which has historically relied heavily upon the support of the Hispanic and Latino voting blocs.

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke seems to understand the implications of the apparent shift and acknowledged in a recent interview that his own Democratic Party was largely to blame for what was occurring, the Washington Examiner reported.

He further seemed to tacitly admit that, without the substantial support from Hispanic and Latino voters that Democrats have previously relied upon, he and others in his party would struggle to win elections going forward.

Democrats are largely to blame

“I think Democrats are in large part to blame for some of our fortunes in states like Texas — taking for granted voters that have reliably voted for Democrats in the past and assuming they will do in the future, and literally phoning in the work,” O’Rourke told Fox News in an exclusive interview while out on the campaign trail. “That’s not how we win elections.”

“It’s not so much what we say, it’s what we do. Turning up repeatedly in Edinburg and Del Rio and Eagle Pass and McAllen, Brownsville, and not taking these communities for granted,” he continued with a reference to cities and towns in the South Texas border region where the partisan shift has been most evident in the state.

“And fighting for and earning every single vote that we need in order to win, and coming to these communities to talk about the things that are most important to them,” O’Rourke added. “That’s how we’re going to win their votes.”

Interestingly enough, in addition to blaming his own party for losing the once-predominate support of Hispanic and Latino voters, O’Rourke also seemed to distance himself from President Joe Biden and his dismal approval numbers — especially among that particular voting bloc — and suggested that it didn’t “have any bearing on any of us inside of Texas” and that he was “focused on Texas in 2022.”

Taking on Abbott

Of course, O’Rourke’s acknowledgment of the growing Democratic problem with Hispanic and Latino voters did not mean that he would concede defeat or those voting blocs to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in the November election.

The former congressman who launched failed bids for the Senate and presidency and is now vying for the Texas governorship went on to vow to canvass the state for support “probably more than any candidate that’s ever traveled the roads of Texas,” and added, “Because we’re going to make sure that we win by bringing in the people who are going to decide the outcome of this election. A lot of them are on the Texas-Mexico border, and I’m going to fight for them and win their votes.”

Unfortunately for O’Rourke, however, he has an uphill climb to achieve his goal, as evidenced by the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the Texas gubernatorial race that shows the incumbent Republican governor with a six-point lead over his Democratic challenger.

Given that reality, O’Rourke launched his rhetorical attacks on his opponent, Abbott, across an array of issues in the state, including abortion rights, gun control, and the power grid, though he focused particularly on the governor’s efforts to enforce border security and illegal immigration, such as constructing portions of a border wall, deploying law enforcement and National Guard troops to the border region, and bussing newly arrived migrants voluntarily to Democrat-run “sanctuary” locales like New York City and Washington D.C.

“Greg Abbott’s all about stunts,” he said. “This partial wall that he’s built, it’s done nothing. Involuntarily activating 10,000 members of the Guard, costing us billions of dollars. Busing migrants to D.C. and New York, I guess it’s a good publicity stunt. I don’t know that it’s made us any safer, more secure.”

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