Democratic outreach to Latino voters stumbling

Democratic outreach to Latino voters stumbling

[Ed. – Salir de la votación.]

Latino voters could make the difference in some of this year’s most competitive congressional races — particularly in places like Arizona, California, and Texas where they make up more than 20 percent of the electorate.

Given high anti-Trump sentiment among Latino voters — and a strong preference for Democratic candidates — these voters could help spur a “blue wave” in November. But Democrats have to reach them and turn them out to vote first.

Recent data from NALEO and Latino Decisions suggests that this might not be happening — or at least that these efforts aren’t any more successful than they were in 2016.

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In an October 16 poll, the groups found that 55 percent of Latino voters haven’t experienced any form of election outreach from Democrats or Republicans. Voters indicated that they hadn’t yet been contacted by a political party, campaign, or community organization about voting across multiple platforms including phone, mail, and email.

At the same time in the 2016 election, almost the exact same proportion of Latino voters also said that they hadn’t received any outreach. An October 17, 2016, poll found that 56 percent of Latino voters had not heard from either political party as the election was approaching.

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