House Republicans are targeting the Rio Grande Valley in 2022, identifying South Texas as a fertile electoral crescent after then-President Donald Trump supercharged GOP turnout last year and transformed the traditional Democratic stronghold into a competitive battleground.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is investing resources to flip three Democrat-held districts that only narrowly supported then-candidate Joe Biden over Trump in November after overwhelmingly voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton four years earlier. House Republicans are confident the party’s growth in the heavily Hispanic border region of Texas was not an aberration but rather a possible sea change that will deliver for the party in the midterm elections if properly nurtured.
“National Democrats assumed Latino voters would just automatically show up to support their candidate. They continue to make these assumptions even with a crisis at the border that impacts these communities,” a Republican strategist in Texas said. “Republicans in Texas have put resources into engaging voters