Latinos in Texas remain overwhelmingly democratic and their top issue is immigration reform, followed by the economy, health care costs, and income inequality.
It is also significant that Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) and Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), got elected to Congress as Texas' first Latinas in Congress. This Texas Observer piece titled "Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia Make History as First Texas Latinas Elected to Congress," inspires confidence in our future as a state and nation.
Analysts correctly state that Beto O'Rourke's race helped "down-ballot" candidates. Democrats in Texas, for example, picked up a whopping 12 Texas House seats, particularly in North Texas—but more is needed to overcome the advantage that Republicans still hold in the House. Of these twelve, all are women and from what I can tell, three are Latina, boding well for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in the House.
Perhaps the most amazing accomplishment for the state of Texas was overall turnout, surging to near-presidential election levels at 8.3 million people strong, as noted by the Texas Tribune. This nearly amounts to the 9 million votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.
While saddened by Beto's loss, us Texans owe much to his courage, stamina, and progressive values and vision which definitely have a home in Texas.
There is therefore so much reason to be hopeful.
Success in 2020 is within reach.
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