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08.20.2018

4 reasons why anti-Trump Latino voters won’t swing the midterms

By The Conversation

The Democratic Party shouldn’t count on Latinos swinging many midterm races their way this year, according to Steffen Schmidt, Lucken Endowed Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.
 
Approximately 27.3 million U.S. Latinos are eligible to vote in November’s midterm elections – 12 percent of all eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center.
 
Democrats hope that this big bloc of voters will punish Republicans for President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. They are courting Latinos in red states like Arizona and Florida. But the so-called “Latino vote” has always been more promise than reality for Democrats.
 
My political science research indicates that a Latino blue wave is not likely to tip the upcoming election in Democrats’ favor.