George Soros, known for his hefty financial contributions, is strategically investing in local Democratic parties in Texas. His efforts, funneled through the Texas Majority PAC, target predominantly Hispanic counties, including Hidalgo, Cameron, and Dallas, as reported by the Texas Tribune. These significant donations come as Democrats nationwide, particularly in Texas, see diminishing support from Latino voters.
Hidalgo and Cameron counties, both with over 89% Hispanic populations, notably shifted towards Republicans in the 2016 to 2020 presidential elections, according to The New York Times. Soros’ intervention in these counties is seen as an attempt to counter this trend. Dallas County, while slightly more Democrat-leaning in recent years, has also witnessed a Republican surge in its Hispanic-majority areas.
Texas, a Republican stronghold, has the GOP controlling most political spheres, from the state Legislature to the majority of its Congressional seats. Despite this, local Democrats are welcoming Soros’ financial backing. Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kardal Coleman termed Soros’ contribution a “game-changer,” while Cameron County Democratic Party Chair Jared Hockema views it as a means to bolster party infrastructure and voter mobilization efforts. Hockema also interprets Soros’ involvement as an understanding of the current political stakes, citing concerns over authoritarianism and fascism.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, faces re-election in 2024 in a state where President Biden lost by only 6 points in 2020, fueling Democrat optimism about potential victories. The Texas Democratic Party has openly expressed appreciation for any investment that aligns with their goals of maintaining Democratic leadership in the White House and gaining more ground in Texas.
Soros’ strategy is not limited to Texas but forms part of a larger national initiative supporting left-leaning Latino activist groups. These groups are instrumental in producing reports guiding Democrats on effective outreach to Hispanic voters. However, despite these efforts, Democrats have seen a decline in Latino support, dropping from 71% in 2016 to 63% in 2020, according to Catalist, a Democratic data firm.
The Texas Majority PAC’s response to media inquiries was not immediately available. This development in Texas signals an intensifying political battleground, with significant implications for upcoming elections.