“Last year, more than 60% told pollsters they would cast a ballot for their House Democratic contender, researchers found. This month, 37% said they would make the same choice, while the same percentage would back the Republican.”
Democrats have always enjoyed an eadvantage with Latino voters, but that may be changing. According to recent polling, Latinos are souring on Biden and Dems just like everyone else.
This could have a significant effect on the next two major elections in 2022 and 2024.
Naomi Lim reports at the Washington Examiner:
Biden and Democrats lose grip on Hispanic voters
Democrats are losing their edge with Hispanic voters, and prominent members of the minority community are sounding the alarm to President Joe Biden and their Capitol Hill colleagues before next year’s midterm cycle.
Democrats no longer have an advantage with Hispanic voters when they were asked whether they would support their local Democratic or Republican congressional candidate if the midterm elections were held today, according to a Wall Street Journal poll last week .
Last year, more than 60% told pollsters they would cast a ballot for their House Democratic contender, researchers found. This month, 37% said they would make the same choice, while the same percentage would back the Republican. Roughly 1 in 5 remained undecided.
Republicans are undermining Democrats’ stranglehold on the Hispanic vote as Biden’s Justice Department sues states such as Georgia over its election integrity laws and Texas over its redistricting proposal, both of which it argues discriminate against minorities, according to Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos.
This is a key quote from a Republican strategist:
“Hispanics are horrified that the Democrats are implementing the same kind of socialism that many of them escaped from in their home countries.”
This report from The Hill notes that Republicans don’t need to do much to tip the scales in their favor:
“The Republican Party has a way easier job than we do. They just need to strip 5 percent to 7 percent of our national vote and they win,” said Rep. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s campaign arm, Bold PAC…
Republicans are latching on to the polling numbers and indications from 2020 that Hispanics — particularly voters in Texas and Florida — are increasingly responsive to a conservative economic message.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called last week’s Journal polling troubling for Democrats.
“Hispanic voters are splitting their support more evenly between the two parties, a new WSJ poll finds. That’s an ominous sign for Democrats,” he said on Wednesday.
I’m reminded of this clip from just after the Youngkin election in November:
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) November 3, 2021
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