The Left loves multiculturalism. It just doesn’t have a clue about other groups or cultures. And so it assumes that it can safely pigeonhole minorities in single issue victim categories. So they pitch black people on police brutality and Latinos on illegal migration.
And then they’re baffled when it doesn’t work.
Though Latino voters are a key part of the Democratic coalition, there is a larger bloc of reliable Republican Latinos than many think. And the GOP’s position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president’s rhetoric against immigrants and the party’s shift to the right on immigration.
In November’s elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. The survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters — including 7,738 Latino voters — was conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
Other surveys also found roughly one-third of Latinos supporting the GOP. Data from the Pew Research Center and from exit polls suggests that a comparable share of about 3 in 10 Latino voters supported Trump in 2016. That tracks the share of Latinos supporting Republicans for the last decade.
The stability of Republicans’ share of the Latino vote frustrates Democrats, who say actions like Trump’s family separation policy and his demonization of an immigrant caravan should drive Latinos out of the GOP.
“The question is not are Democrats winning the Hispanic vote — it’s why aren’t Democrats winning the Hispanic vote 80-20 or 90-10 the way black voters are?” said Fernand Amandi, a Miami-based Democratic pollster. He argues Democrats must invest more in winning Latino voters.
Because Cuban voters in Florida don’t find illegal migration a compelling issue?
Second and third generation Latinos, and Latino Evangelicals, tend to have very different voting patterns. That’s one reason why the Dems have gone all in on illegal migration. It’s about increasing the demographic share of the kind of voters they want.
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