Republicans celebrate victory for majority Hispanic mayor McAllen, Texas
Republicans celebrated Javier Villalobos’ narrow victory in the McAllen, Texas mayoral race on Saturday, even though the race is technically non-partisan.
“Javier Villalobos is a proven leader who cares deeply about the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Congratulations on becoming the next mayor of McAllen!” Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott wrote on Facebook.
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Villalobos, a lawyer, was appointed to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board by Abbott in 2018 and is the former chairman of the Hidalgo County GOP.
“Amazing news! McAllen, Texas is a large border town of 140,000 people. 85% Hispanic – and has just elected a Republican mayor. Councilor Steve Cortes wrote on Twitter.
Villalobos beat opponent Veronica Whitacre by just over 200 votes in a second round, KVEO reported. He is currently McAllen Town Commissioner.
“Let me start by thanking the voters, my team, my family [and] everyone who helped run this campaign. Thank you McAllen for the trust [and] believe in me. I promise not to let you down, ”Villalobos wrote on Facebook over the weekend.
He received praise from Conservatives across the country. Hidalgo County, home of McAllen, went to President Biden by roughly 17 points in the 2020 election.
“Holy cow … Republicans just toppled the McAllen, Texas town hall. It was not planned and shows that South Texas Hispanics may have changed with the GOP even after Trump,” he wrote. ‘author Ryan Girdusky on Twitter.
“BIG victory for Republicans tonight in a border community. Biden’s border crisis has real ramifications for communities across the country, especially in cities like McAllen,” RNC spokesman Nathan Brand said. . Twitter.
Villalobos’ victory comes as the Biden administration comes under criticism from the right for its border policies.
U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a group of migrants seen on video last week drowning as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River into Texas.
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The incident took place Wednesday in Rome, west of McAllen, and was filmed by Sara Carter of Fox News.
“I’m drowning!” one of the migrants could be heard screaming as body parts emerged and then vanished from the surface of the water.
Greg Norman of Fox News contributed to this report.