Abortion Barbie Shockingly Not Popular with Texas Latino Voters

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The Democrats putting everything they had behind Wendy Davis in a state where their only ace in the hole are Latino voters was not their best plan. Davis was known for one thing and one thing only, abortion.

Latinos, like African-Americans, tend to poll pro-abortion where the option exists, for obvious social reasons involving  high rates of single mothers, but culturally they’re a long way from the pro-abortion cheerleading of Planned Parenthood and Wendy Davis.

The Abortion Barbie image appealed to liberal funders, but it didn’t play all that well with a chunk of the Democratic Party’s base.

Davis won the Democratic primary with 79 percent of the vote over token opposition.

Little-noted by the national press, however, was that Davis was beaten in 26 counties with strong populations of Hispanic-Americans. In counties such as Jim Hogg, Zapata, and Presidio, Davis, who had more than $11 million in her campaign kitty, lost to political unknown Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal.

According to a report filed at the Texas Ethics Commission, he also raised and spent no money on his campaign.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis woke to some unsettling numbers along the Texas/Mexico border today. Of the 14 counties along the Rio Grande, Davis lost seven—including heavily Hispanic Webb and Hidalgo Counties. Davis Challenger Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal’s prediction may have come true to an extent—Wendy has a pro-life Catholic problem and may not hold the support of motivated Latino voters by default.

Democrats blew a lot of money on Davis and they’re faced with a problem. Their candidate’s selling point, abortion, has little relevance in a bad economy to anyone except Emily’s List. And Wendy Davis is not the ideal rallying point for Latino voters whom they need to come out.

Wendy’s only hope is a purely negative campaign, but she has tried that already and it backfired. She tried walking away from her abortion stance and was mocked for her trouble.

Between her clumsy attempts to pander on guns and abortion, her liberal backers abandoned her because she no longer represented their values. Now she’s become another sacrificial horse and the Dem plan to turn Texas blue rests entirely on illegal alien amnesty.

  • AndyTexan

    Opposition to amnesty and immigration is the number one issue in Texas Republican politics. The USA, as founded, will never recover from another amnesty and the continuation of current policy. Once made legal in another amnesty, the La Raza crowd will achieve sufficient numbers to prevent any future action to limit the invasion and reverse the demographic remaking of the nation. We are very fortunate that O did not make this his top priority in the first two years. Everything else he did can be undone except for amnesty.

    • Steeloak

      Now if we can only stop the Republicans from saving amnesty we’ll be all set!

  • Judahlevi

    Wendy Davis will not win. Texans are smarter than that.

  • LibertarianToo

    Yes, abortion has little relevance in a bad economy and should have far less. But the Republicans seem determined to lose votes over it. By September, when the latest round of anti-abortion legislation goes into effect, Texas will be down to a grand total of 6 abortion clinics statewide. It will be interesting to see how that plays in a state that used to have abortion laws more liberal than those in Massachusetts, for example. Wendy Davis may find herself accidentally on the right side of a make or break issue when women, Latinas included, realize the Republicans took away something a lot of women have taken for granted their entire lives.

    • Carlos_Perera

      Gee, if the issue is as irrelevant as you initially said it is (before reversing yourself in the last sentence of your paragraph), then why are _you_ getting so hot-and-bothered over it? As to the loss of votes you predict for pro-life Republican candidates . . . funny, the frankly pro-life positions of such successful Texas Republican politicians as Governor Perry and Senator Cruz seem to have been assets in their rise to office. And pro-life Republican gubernatorial candidate Abbott is up 12 points over Davis in the latest Rasmussen poll. So maybe a pro-abortion stance is _not_ the selling point you think it is in Texas politics.

      • LibertarianToo

        1) You have a strange idea of hot and bothered.
        2) I was speculating about the effects of the Rebublican obsession with matters they should keep their noses out of. Abortion becomes a divisive issue instantly, and the more the Republicans harp on it, the more people who don’t care much about it begin to think they don’t want their lives run by power-tripping Republicans either. The Republicans’ actions have already spawned the usual slew of lawsuit threats when the law takes effect in September, which will keep the issue front and center just before the election.
        3)Listen: I am pro-choice. And I am also a fan of Sen. Cruz, and would favor him for the presidency. But if he suddenly starts in decrying abortion so that the wackos come out of the woodwork -you know, the kind that think women are “host” organisms for babies, or use the phrase “legitimate rape”- I promise you I will give it a re-think. And I am not unique in that. Hence my agreeing that abortion is irrelevant -and wishing the Republicans would resist the temptation to show that they are as coercive as Democrats -just on different issues.

  • RMthoughts

    Latinos didn’t vote for her because she is pro-abortion. Deep down they all know that the Dems are pro-abortion. They didn’t vote for her because she is a duplicitous lying self-serving B!itch.

  • chronovisor

    hahah windbag is DOOMED!!!! abbot will get OVER 60% of the vote from the one hit blunder