Democrat claims of voter suppression reached new heights this week only to be proven completely wrong…by their own voters.
Tuesday marked the first statewide primary in the nation as voters closed off two weeks of early voting with their official election day in Texas. The Department of Justice had filed a lawsuit against the state for provisions in their new Voting Rights Act in November 2021 setting up a legal challenge to what had previously only been accusations of suppression.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “Our democracy depends on the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot and to have that ballot counted.”
The day before the primary vote, while speaking at an event to commemorate Black History Month, President Joe Biden accused Republican laws like Texas’ SB 1 of trying to make it “harder for blacks to vote.”
Biden claims Republicans are trying to ban black votes “from even counting” pic.twitter.com/hTDb5YiyzJ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 28, 2022
“You know, it’s always made it harder for blacks to vote but this is trying to be able to figure out how to keep the black vote, when it occurs, from even counting,” Biden said.
Based on these assertions, surely the Texas law would have meant a significant decrease in votes throughout the state on Tuesday. So what happened?
REPUBLICANS INCREASED VOTER TURNOUT ADVANTAGE BY 399,206 IN 2022 Texas Primary election
2022 TX Primary:
GOP: 1,937,943 (+880,206)
2018 TX Primary:
GOP: 1,549,573 (+481,110)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) March 4, 2022
By all accounts, there was an increase in voter turnout from the previous midterm election. What’s more, while the Democrat numbers don’t seem that impressive, the voters they claimed would be suppressed turned out in greater numbers for Republicans than they had in years past.
Karl Rove wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “Turnout for Republicans seems to have exploded in largely Hispanic South Texas. With almost every ballot counted, the GOP turnout was up 162% in Cameron County over 2018 and 113% in Hidalgo, both of which lie in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.”
“the improved Republican share of the [Texas primary] vote compared to 4 years ago does line up with several other national indicators suggesting an engaged Republican electorate.” https://t.co/2mqGK65Z2n
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) March 2, 2022
Another Texas primary stat: Republican turnout in last night’s primary exceeded both the 2018 and 2020 primaries in every TX border seat (#CD15, #CD23, #CD28, and #CD34).
— Elections Daily (@Elections_Daily) March 2, 2022
Rove went on to say, “Republican turnout was also up 50% in Nueces County, dominated by Corpus Christi, and up 51% in El Paso. Hispanics joining the GOP will hurt the Democrats badly in Texas and outside it.”
After last night, Republicans likely have a full slate of Latinas contesting three Rio Grande Valley seats: #TX15 Monica De La Cruz#TX28 Cassy Garcia (pending runoff)#TX34 Mayra Flores
Rs already favored in #TX15, but all three could be in play in a total Dem collapse.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 2, 2022
How could this be if the Republicans had been suppressing the vote?
Well, while Democrats and their surrogates were taking stances against these “strict voter laws” like Will Smith moving his film out of Georgia because of their voter ID policy, Republicans were reaching out to the communities and encouraging voting.
Highlighting the incredible gains being made by the @GOP’s #LoneStarHerd in Texas’ Hispanic communities
¡Adelanté, Juntos! https://t.co/V7FBUcQ9x3
— Macarena Martinez (@macamrtz) February 3, 2022
Republicans made it their strategy to open centers throughout the state of Texas to address the issues that affect those areas the most. Rather than filling these centers with transplanted D.C. insiders, they also saw fit to hire locally within the community to truly make an impact.
The outcome also supported the widely held bipartisan belief that voter ID laws are actually a good thing. Repeated polling has shown that the majority of voters are in support of measures that further secure the outcome of fair elections.
In fact, the largest group of people that oppose voter integrity laws remains Democrat politicians.
NEW: Maskless Dems test positive for COVID after packing plane fleeing Texas to block election integrity bill https://t.co/1a5XC1sCla pic.twitter.com/Q1CMGcyFzc
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2021
Stacey Abrams is so self-absorbed that she just compared her push to undermine fair elections with Ukraine’s invasion by a murderous dictator. pic.twitter.com/caV7N4J9IK
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) March 3, 2022
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