Op-Ed by Gilberto Hinojosa
This year’s election showed what we have long known: That the Hispanic vote will fundamentally change how elections are won, in Texas and throughout the country.
Seventy-one percent of Hispanic voters supported President Barack Obama, and those voters turned out in larger numbers than ever before, despite Republicans’ vast attempts to suppress the vote. This level of Democratic support held true for the nation, and it held true for Texas. With Hispanic voters growing in representation in Texas, it is only a matter of time before we turn into a swing, and then a solidly blue, state.
Republicans are on record acknowledging this phenomenon. They are also on record as being scared of what it means. Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri has said, “The Republican Party is living on borrowed time. If every Latino were to vote today in Texas, the Republican Party would lose all of its statewide seats.”