Democrats are worried about Latino voters in the midterms, fearing that weak efforts to energize a core element of their base could imperil their bid to win control of Congress in next month’s elections.
From the Sun Belt battlegrounds of Nevada and Arizona to sprawling turf wars in Texas and Florida, there are signs that the Hispanic vote – which party leaders have long hoped would be the foundation of future electoral success – has yet to flourish in their favor this year.
Although President Donald Trump and Republicans have embraced policies and rhetoric hostile toward Latino immigrants, including fresh plans under consideration to separate migrant families at the border, Democrats have struggled to generate enthusiasm for their candidates in some Hispanic communities.
Democratic strategists and officials have pointed fingers at fellow Democrats, blaming congressional campaigns and allied groups for failing to engage Latino voters strongly enough as they place a heavy emphasis on winning white, middle-class voters in suburban swing areas.
In some races, stronger-than-expected Republican appeals to Hispanic voters have complicated matters further for Democrats, leaving them scrambling to compete in diverse areas key to determining which party controls the Senate and House.
“We’re at a very unique time in our political space because of Donald Trump, and if we miss this opportunity now, we may never get this opportunity again,” said Chuck Rocha, a Democratic strategist consulting with major Latino organizations. “And it keeps me awake at night.”
Democrats are trying to retake control of the Senate, which Republicans hold by a slim 51-to-49 advantage. Three of their best chances to flip seats are in states with fast-growing Hispanic populations: Texas, Nevada and Arizona. They are defending a swing seat in Florida, another state with a sizable Hispanic population.
Like in most other aspects, Democrat elites, those who make the decisions, have no idea what goes on out in the world. Hispanics, those who are hard working citizens, don’t particularly like illegal immigrants any more than any other taxpaying citizen does. Sure, activist Hispanics want to encourage illegal immigration because they see their political power increasing, just as liberals see illegal immigrants voting increases THEIR power. But, many Hispanics, especially those who have legally immigrated, done the waiting and hard work to become citizens, don’t appreciate the left jumping at the opportunity of exploiting illegal immigrants.
The plantation fences are crumbling.
Once the economy recovered under Trump, Hispanic citizens realized their own economic well-being relies on keeping illegals from overwhelming our systems.
They see that, despite it’s words, the Vatican sports tall, effective walls.
They see that, when surrounded by enemies, Israel’s walls work.
They see thru the Robert “Beto” O’Rourk’s front and see the Hispanic Cuban Ted Cruz and the effectiveness of his time in office.
Cruz is a case study for Hispanics who started out opposing Trump but now work hand-in-hand with him.
The Dem org is still depending on the get-out-the-vote machine Harry Reid created in Nevada.
But will Hispanics get on all those union bossed buses to polling places then vote GOP?
It could happen!
Dems put all their eggs in a crazy woman’s basket.
Who wants to vote for a candidate who calls voters meth addicts?
Hispanic families love their stay-at-home moms but she claims such women are “leeching off their husbands,” and ought to go get jobs.
To “take back” either house of Congress, Dems need these races.
It’ll be really interesting Election Day.