VIA| New York real estate developer Donald Trump beat out his Republican rivals in America’s most Latin city Tuesday.
Webb County, Texas is home to Laredo, where 96 percent of its residents consider themselves Hispanic. Laredo makes up 95 percent of the population in Webb County and is the county seat. It has the most Hispanics per capita of any city with more than 100,000 residents.
While the Republican presence in the border county is certainly low, with only 4,089 votes in the primary, Trump won with nearly 35 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio followed in second with 28.4 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz was third in his home state with 28.2 percent.
One voter, Eric Barroso, told The Guardian he was leaning toward Trump and while he doesn’t support the Donald’s border wall proposal, he likes his personality. “I don’t support everything he says but a lot of the things, he’s not afraid to say it. I see that as a strong characteristic,” said the 42-year-old correctional officer.
Trump visited Laredo in July to push for a border wall, and said, “I love the people, the Latinos. I love the people. They’re great. They’re workers. They’re fantastic people. … They want legal immigration. They don’t want the illegal immigration with the tremendous amount of crime.”