In certain cases, is having a Spanish surname detrimental to a candidate’s electability?

In several elections in at least one state bordering Mexico, reportedly Spanish surname candidates seem to have had difficulty getting elected to certain political offices.

At times, Spanish surnamed Democratic candidates for office have loseasily to non Spanish surnamed Republican candidates, while running in predominantly Democratic governmental units, although apparently the Democratic candidate was the most experienced. 

And conversely, at times Spanish surnamed Republican candidates for office have lost easily to non Spanish surnamed Democratic candidates, while running in predominantly Republican governmental units, although apparently the Republican candidate was the most experienced…

What to make of it?

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