De La Cruz

In 2020, Monica De La Cruz nearly pulled off an upset for the ages, falling just 3% short of beating a Democrat incumbent who political professionals in both parties assumed was safe. After she announced that she would seek a rematch, the Democratic Congressman fled to a different district. Now De La Cruz is poised to flip the seat and become the first Hispanic woman to represent Texas as a Republican. Her victory will be yet another sign that more and more Hispanics in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley are leaving behind their traditional affiliation with the Democratic Party and joining the GOP.