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G.O.P. Wins Mayor’s Race in McAllen, Texas, Which Is 85 Percent Hispanic

Republicans in Texas celebrated on Monday after successful two intently watched mayoral elections in the state on Saturday, taking management of cities in Democratic counties.

The celebration was notably buoyed by its efficiency in McAllen, a border metropolis of 143,000 that’s 85 percent Hispanic, the place Javier Villalobos, a former chairman of the native Republican Party, defeated a candidate backed by local Democrats by 206 votes out of 9,282 cast.

Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, hailed Mr. Villalobos’s victory as half of a bigger political realignment of Hispanic voters that exposed itself in the 2020 election, when President Biden drastically underperformed towards expectations, and former Democratic margins, in a number of Texas border counties with massive numbers of Hispanic voters.

Mr. Biden received Hidalgo County, which incorporates McAllen, by 17 proportion factors. Four years earlier, Hillary Clinton carried the county by 40 factors.

Mr. Villalobos, a neighborhood lawyer who’s a metropolis commissioner, celebrated his victory by driving a bicycle constructed for 2 with Jim Darling, McAllen’s departing mayor. Mr. Darling didn’t search re-election after eight years in office.

In Fort Worth, Democrats had hoped Deborah Peoples, a former Tarrant County Democratic Party chairwoman, may win an open-seat mayoral race. Ms. Peoples had endorsements from Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro, high-profile Texas Democrats who ran for president in 2020.

But Ms. Peoples lost to Mattie Parker, a former chief of employees to Fort Worth’s departing mayor, retaining Republican management of the most important metropolis in Tarrant County, which flipped to Mr. Biden in 2020 after many years of backing Republican presidential candidates.

Though each municipal contests had been formally nonpartisan, Ms. Parker and Mr. Villalobos every recognized as Republicans whereas their defeated opponents stated they had been Democrats.

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