The work that Democrats need to do with Latino voters

The work that Democrats need to do with Latino voters

President Trump increased his share of Latino support from 2016, not only in Florida and Texas but in several other states. We may conclude that a record number of Latino voters helped decide the election in Joe Biden’s favor — in Arizona and Nevada, but also in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. In all of these places, the number of votes that Latinos cast for Biden more than covered his margin of victory. We should applaud this outcome because it signals expanded Latino participation. Some 60 percent of eligible Latino voters cast votes this year, compared with about 50 percent in earlier elections. And exit polls indicate that about two-thirds of us voted for Biden . Yet it’s no time for Democrats to take a victory lap. President Trump increased his share of Latino support from 2016 , not only in Florida and Texas but in several other states. In Georgia, for instance, he did 10 points better with Latino voters this time around; in Nevada, he improved by eight points. This happened even though the president started his first campaign by slandering Mexican immigrants, appeared indifferent to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, and separated Mexican and Central American children from their parents and placed them in cages . Even in down-ballot races, Latinos didn’t lift Democrats as many hoped they would. So Democrats must now work to understand the shifts toward Trump and Republicans in general. One key is to see the nation’s 61 million […]

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