Democrats in Florida, a key swing state, will need to attract a far greater number of Hispanic voters to their side if they want to try and defeat President Donald Trump in 2020, Politico is reporting.
The Democrats' problem with Hispanics in Florida was highlighted in the recent midterm elections. Politico said exit polls revealed Democrats won just 54 percent of Hispanic voters, down from 62 percent in 2016.
The problem is compounded by the fact that older Cuban-Americans in the state turned out in droves in support of Republican candidates. And the website pointed out that Republican Rick Scott won his Senate race over incumbent Bill Nelson by openly courting the Hispanic votes.
The Hill reported Scott’s campaign had spent $4 million on Spanish-language advertising.
Meanwhile, Republican Ron DeSantis, who had selected Cuban-American running mate, Jeanette Nuñez, won the governor’s face in Florida.
Politico noted that nationally Latino voters helped Democrats, particularly in California, Nevada and Arizona.
“This election was mostly a massive repudiation of Donald Trump, but something went extraordinarily wrong in Florida,” says Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic strategist on Latino politics. “Democrats should have done much better with Hispanics there, and instead we did much worse. We need to have a big conversation about why.”
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