Why Donald Trump DOESN’T need Latino voters to win in 2016

Why Donald Trump DOESN’T need Latino voters to win in 2016
Trump deals at campaign rally with heckler Jorge Ramos (Image: Business Insider)

It’s safe to say that virtually all political professionals think Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is doomed. The odds of him winning the Republican nomination are long, and the odds of him winning the general election are nonexistent, they say. The key reason is that Trump’s campaign is based on alienating Latinos, a large and fast-growing voter bloc, by supporting the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and building a wall along the border with Mexico to prevent further emigration. If the eventual Republican nominee needs 47 percent of the Latino vote to win the general election — the threshold set by two political scientists in a study for Latino Decisions — what chance does Trump have?

But if Trump could replace Latino votes with those of another large minority group that traditionally votes Democratic, he might have a fighting chance at victory. And even without changing his message, black voters could be that group.

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The Republican presidential candidate has claimed that Latino voters “love” and support him, citing some state-based polls.


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