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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 11:45 P.M. ET:

ALWAYS HAPPY TO GIVE THE GOOD NEWS – FROM FOX:   Republicans celebrated Javier Villalobos's narrow win in the mayor's race in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday even though the race is technically nonpartisan.  "Javier Villalobos is a proven leader who cares deeply about the people of the Rio Grande Valley.  Congratulations on becoming the next Mayor of McAllen!" Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on Facebook.  Villalobos, an attorney, was appointed to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board by Abbott in 2018 and is the former chair of the Hidalgo County GOP.  "Amazing news! McAllen, Texas is a major border town of 140,000 people. 85% Hispanic — and just elected a Republican mayor. The macro realignment accelerates in South Texas, and elsewhere, as Hispanics rally to America First," former Trump 2020 campaign adviser Steve Cortes wrote on Twitter.  Villalobos defeated opponent Veronica Whitacre by a little more than 200 votes in a runoff election, KVEO reported. He is currently a McAllen City Commissioner.  "Let me start by thanking the voters, my team, my family [and] everyone who helped run this campaign. Thank you McAllen for trusting [and] believing in me. I promise to not let you down," Villalobos wrote on Facebook this weekend.  He received praise from conservatives across the country. Hidalgo County, home of McAllen, went to President Biden by roughly 17 points in the 2020 election.  "Holy cow... Republicans just flipped the mayorship of McAllen, Texas. This was not expected and shows Hispanics in South Texas may have shifted with the GOP even post Trump," author Ryan Girdusky wrote on Twitter. May many more like this follow.

LARA BOWS OUT – FROM FOX:  Lara Trump said during North Carolina’s Republican Convention Saturday night that she would not seek the state party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate, citing her young children – but she left open the possibility of a future run.  "No for now," she said, thanking the supporters in her home state. "Not no forever."  After she left the state, former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C, as "your next senator" to the crowd.  "A lot of you don’t know him that well, but you’re gonna know him probably within a few minutes," he said. "Ted Budd."  Then he called Budd, of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, to the stage.  "I am giving him my complete and total endorsement," Trump said.
Budd thanked both Trumps for the help on his 2018 and 2020 campaigns, in which he overcame deep-pocketed Democratic challengers.  I've seen Lara Trump speak at a meeting in New York.  She is just superb - knowledgeable, reasonable, dynamic.  I hope she does get involved in electoral politics, and wins.

June 6, 2021