As bad as election results were for Democratic candidates on Tuesday, there may be worse news foreshadowing a 2022 election “nightmare.”
A Telemundo reporter interviewed a Spanish-speaking Virginia voter exiting a polling place Tuesday. Standing in front of a sign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the Hispanic man explained why he did not vote for the Democratic candidate for governor.
“I believe that Biden turned me into a Republican,” the voter said. “Biden is destroying the economy. Inflation is through the roof and everything is terrible.” The video is in Spanish but includes English subtitles.
Launched by Media Research Center, MRC Latino is a Spanish Conservative watchdog outlet.
The Spanish network also aired a separate interview with Virginia voter Astrid Gamez, who told the reporter the election will show Republicans, especially minorities, showed up to vote. “Because I’m sick of people stigmatizing me (for being) a Republican, and me being expected not to speak up,” she said.
MRC Latino Director Jorge Bonilla posted the two videos on his Twitter account, opining the views will cause nightmares for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterm election. The party in power typically loses legislative seats during midterm elections but if minority voters throw support to Republicans, it could be a perfect storm that returns control of the legislature back to Republicans.
A guest commentary by Zachary Carter in The Atlantic reported Virginia has become a model for the party’s strategy of maintaining big margins with Black voters, appealing to immigrant families by alleging Republican xenophobia, and turning suburban homeowners into Democrats with appeals to moderation.
“This became a model because it worked, at least in Virginia. In 2002, both Virginia Senators were Republicans, along with eight of its 11 House Members. Today the Governor, both Senators, and seven House Members are Democrats,” Carter said. He added Democrats should expect to lose Virginia’s Second, Seventh, and Tenth Congressional Districts a year from now, and be ready for a dogfight for the Fourth District.
“These losses alone would be enough to eliminate the current Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, absent offsetting victories elsewhere,” he said. The Democratic Party currently has eight more members in the House of Representatives than Republicans, so it would not take much to tip the balance of power in Congress.
Pundits initially shrugged their shoulders at McAuliffe’s loss. They felt he handed his Republican challenger a gift when he responded to Youngkin during a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
The clips shared by Telemundo seem to indicate that the economy and the pandemic contributed as much as, if not more than, the issue of parental involvement in schools to Democrats losing the State House.
Looking outside Virginia, the party controlling power in Washington, D.C. is probably also concerned by the narrow victory by the governor of reliably blue New Jersey and the stunning defeat of the NJ Senate President by a truck driver who never held public office before.
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