For a long time, the Democrat Party has had a stranglehold on Hispanic voters. But that’s changing as Latino Americans are increasingly voting Republican — and also running for office as Republican candidates.

Why?

As one Lantino voter says, it’s because of the issue of abortion. Hispanic voters are typically Catholic, pro-life and pro-family — and that’s at odds with a Democrat Party that is secular and radically pro-abortion.

California resident Luis Alberto Montalvo has written a letter to the Los Angeles Times explaining why he and other Hispanics are now Republicans.

“The GOP is antiabortion. Almost half of all Latinos in the United States identify as Roman Catholic,” he observers.

Another California voter who is Hispanic makes the same observation.

“Latinos, like myself, would rather side with a party that is pro-life, pro-personal responsibility, pro-law enforcement and pro-legal immigration,” he explained.

The data shows the movement of Hispanics from the Democrat to Republican Party is real. As TownHall reports:

A new Wall Street Journal poll found them split evenly on the question of whether to support the GOP or Democrats in the 2022 congressional elections. That’s a big change from an imposing Democratic advantage in previous races. The poll also showed the Hispanic vote virtually tied in a hypothetical 2024 Joe Biden-Donald Trump rematch — after supporting Biden by more than 25 points in 2020.

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A recent Dallas Morning News poll found Biden’s support at 35% approval and 54% disapproval among Texas Hispanics. Those voters particularly disapprove of Biden’s handling of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, in the Virginia governor’s race, Teixeira notes with some astonishment, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe actually lost the Latino vote.” That took some work, but McAuliffe accomplished it.

Teixeira also points out that Hispanic voters moved in large numbers to Trump between 2016 and 2020. And not just in Florida and Texas — the shift was also seen in Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia.

Finally, many Hispanic voters are repelled by the anti-Americanism of some progressives. Hispanics in a recent survey “said they would rather be a citizen of the United States than any other country in the world and by 35 points said they were proud of the way American democracy works,” Teixeira notes. Such opinions, he adds, “contrasted starkly with the negative views of progressive activists.”

But Democrat leaders are missing the boat on how and why this phenomenon is happening.

The Democratic Party’s problem with Hispanic voters is worse than leaders think, according to a new assessment by the highly regarded strategist Ruy Teixeira. That conclusion is particularly important because Teixeira wrote the influential 2002 book “The Coming Democratic Majority,” which convinced many Democrats that a growing Hispanic population — one that heavily supported Democrats — was the key to permanent Democratic dominance of American politics.

Now, with Hispanic voters abandoning the Democratic Party in droves, it’s all falling apart. “The seriousness of this problem tends to be underestimated in Democratic circles for a couple of reasons,” Teixeira writes in a recent Substack article. “(1) They don’t realize how big the shift is; and (2) they don’t realize how thoroughly it undermines the most influential Democratic theory of the case for building their coalition.”

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