Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Democrats may not be able to count on Hispanic voters

Democrats who feel like they are entitled to the Hispanic vote may be in for a last-minute surprise next week. Recent polls show unexpected Hispanic support for the GOP — just in time for the midterm elections.

Even those who stay with the self-proclaimed minority-friendly party may not provide the needed boost for a “blue wave” — historically low turnout and the concentration of Hispanic voters in certain states points to disappointing results for the Democrats.

Adiós, Partido Democrático

By next Tuesday, Democrats will learn just how severely they have alienated their traditional base. By embracing socialist policies, smearing a respectable judicial nominee, and placing their anti-Trump “resistance” ahead of the interests of the American public, Democrats have succeeded in sowing divisions within their own constituency.

The results should terrify the left. A Harvard-Harris poll from this summer indicates that President Donald Trump has experienced a 10 percent boost in approval among Hispanics. Trump received support from this crucial demographic despite the media’s preoccupation with the specious family separation crisis at the southern U.S. border, when progressives were accusing the administration of “torture” and other wild allegations.

As the liberal website Slate noted, “Hispanic voters have become a maddening puzzle for the Democratic Party.” While Trump is not necessarily “a popular president among Hispanics,” … “he is not repudiated, either, not by a mile.” This, despite the unrelenting efforts of Democrats and the media to paint the president as a racist and anti-immigrant leader.

Trump isn’t the only Republican to receive a bump from Hispanic swing voters. “Recent polling shows Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leading among Hispanic voters in his state, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott also has earned 50 percent of Hispanic poll support in his race for the U.S. Senate,” Trump Hispanic Advisory President Steve Cortes told The Washington Times’ Inside the Beltway.

Also in Florida, Republican Maria Elvira Salazar is energizing Hispanic voters in her bid to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as one of the GOP’s few Hispanic congresswomen. She could join Hispanic legislators like Utah’s Rep. Mia Love (R), who holds the distinguished honor of being the first and only Haitian-American in Congress.

“It seems like in the places where Democrats are heavily reliant on Hispanic voters, those races have not necessarily developed in the ways that Democrats have hoped, in part because … [Hispanic voters] are just a lower turnout group in general, particularly in midterms,” said Kyle Kondik, an election analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Kondik also pointed out that not all Hispanic votes help the Democrats — unsurprisingly, older, more established voters tend to vote more conservatively than more recent arrivals.

A new home

For too long, the left has taken the Hispanic vote for granted. “They further buy into stereotypical myths that Hispanics clamor for a combination of government largess and soft policies on illegal immigration and the border,” argued Cortes. “Instead, like most Americans, Hispanic citizens want opportunity, economic growth, and security for our communities.”

Latino-Americans joining the Republican Party have embraced an ideology that coincides neatly with their own value systems. In fact, it was Ronald Reagan who inaugurated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 13, 1988, and explained why Hispanics families should serve as an example to be emulated by all Americans:

Traditions are the bedrock of all Hispanic culture. They’re what Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans and Cuban-Americans and all other Hispanics have in common. And they’re traditions that suffuse the American experience as a whole. But I fear that too often, in the mad rush of modern American life, some people have not learned the great lesson of our Hispanic heritage: the lesson of family and home and church and community.

Many Latino-Americans appreciate Trump’s economic policies, as well. “Perhaps the number one reason that Hispanics break with historical trends and move toward the GOP is the recent surge in small business growth and optimism for our country,” Cortes explained.

“Statistically, the most entrepreneurial demographic in America, Hispanics reap disproportionately large benefits from flourishing small business within the Trump boom,” he said. 

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