Michael Barone makes an interesting observation in Wendy Davis' filibuster against late-term abortion ban repels Texas Hispanics.
The Hispanic vote is usually held over the heads of Republicans as a threat. And most reports do suggest that Hispanics favor Democrats at the polls. However Wendy Davis may produced a wedge issue: Abortion. She skyrocketed to fame following her filibuster in the Texas Senate over a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. And she cemented Turn-Texas-Blue Democrats in the belief that banning late term abortions were a part of the trumped up war-on-women.
Barone says that may not be sitting well with South Texas Hispanics.
But there are fissures in the Democratic coalition. Davis won the Democratic primary easily, by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin over Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal, who spent little or no money and had no perceptible name identification. Yet Davis lost 26 of Texas' 254 counties to Madrigal, mostly heavily Hispanic counties in the Rio Grande Valley. ...
These numbers point to the conclusion that Davis' stand on the abortion issue, wildly popular among the Democrats' feminist left, is significantly unpopular among many Texas Hispanic voters -- most of them probably Catholic, but including a significant number of evangelical and pentecostal Protestants. National Democratic strategists may hope that Davis can build a Texas majority on a feminist-black-Hispanic base. But that Hispanic base looks shaky.
Actually, another big threat to Texas conservatives may be immigrants from failing Blue states who vote like they don't understand what caused the failure back home.