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Danell Leyva Just Placed In Rio On The Same Event He Lost In London

Earlier this year, Cuban-American gymnast Danell Leyva thought he would experience the Rio Olympics as an alternate. But an injury to fellow American John Orozco before the Olympics resulted in Leyva claiming the spot. Today, Leyva proved why he deserved to be there. The dude totally dominated in his two individual men’s gymnastics events and we couldn’t be prouder.

Danell Leyva’s first finals event was the parallel bars.

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Leyva was the first competitor to take to the parallel bars, setting the bar (?) for the rest of the Olympians battling for the gold.

He was strong, graceful and determined to medal.

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“I’m incredibly honored to be chosen for the team but I’m equally devastated for John having seen how much he’s fought and battled for his spot makes these circumstances even harder,” Leyva said in an Instagram post after Orozco tore his ACL during Olympic Team training.

And with a solid dismount, Leyva secured his place on the podium.

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Leyva took home the silver with a score of 15.900, just behind Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, who scored a 16.041. The bronze medal went to Russia’s David Belyavsky, who scored a competitive 15.783.

Then it was on to the high bar. Leyva had a score to settle after his disappointing loss at the London 2012 Games.

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And, once again, the alternate turned medalist came through.

Leyva delivered a strong and intimidating routine. This time, he was the last of the finalists to compete.

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You could see his coach and stepfather, Yin Alvarez, nervously mimicking Leyva’s routine as if to help in spirit.

There was a small hop on the dismount, but overall, his performance made Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen, the leader, nervous.

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Once the results where final, Leyva ended up with his second silver medal for the U.S. in less than two hours. Leyva scored a respectable 15.500, falling just short of Hambuechen’s 15.766. The bronze was awarded to Great Britain’s Nile Wilson, who scored a 15.466.

Leyva’s coach/stepfather is all of us right now.

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READ: This Tearful Thank You By A Latino Gymnast Will Make You Hug Your Parents

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Cuban-Americans Are Reaffirming Their Commitment To The GOP In 2020

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Cuban-Americans Are Reaffirming Their Commitment To The GOP In 2020

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Few things are for certain when it comes to Latino voters. One of those certainties is that Cuban-Americans, unlike other Latino groups, are loyal to the Republican Party. So loyal that they are still giving their unwavering support in the Trump era.

A new study shows that Cuban-Americans are largely falling in line with Trump’s Republican Party.

Out of all of the Latino voters, Cubans have always been a reliable voting bloc for the Republican Party. Their vote has been important in winning Florida, a key swing state that has decided elections in the past. Over the past four years, Cuban support for the GOP has remained steady despite the younger generation of Cubans leaning Democratic.

“Historically, Cuban Americans have backed the Republican Party in large numbers, but that support has at times softened as a new generation of U.S.-born, Democratic-leaning Cubans has come of age,” reads the Pew Research Center article. “In 2013, similar shares of Cuban registered voters identified with the Republican Party (47 percent) and the Democratic Party (44 percent). That same year, 60 percent of non-Cuban Hispanic voters identified as Democratic and 28 percent as Republican.”

Cubans are the most politically active community in the Latino demographic.

According to the study, Cubans are more likely to vote than other Latino groups. Fifty-eight percent of eligible Cuban voters voted in 2016 compared to 55 percent of Dominicans, 49 percent of Salvadorans, 46 percent of Puerto Ricans, and 44 percent of Mexicans.

According to the Census Bureau, most Cuban voters (55 percent) in the U.S. are naturalized citizens. This means that most Cuban voters in the U.S. were born in Cuba and are voting with that mentality.

Cubans, however, are voting against their own interest when it comes to healthcare.

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According to the study, Cubans, like other Latinos, do believe that healthcare is an important issue. However, their vote for the Republican Party further places healthcare out of reach for millions of Americans. While Cubans claim that healthcare is an important issue, the Trump administration is suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans access to healthcare.

The 2020 elections are heating up and Florida is a key state in the road to the White House.

People are watching this election closely. Record numbers of people have already gone to vote early. Millions of people are voting in mail-in and early voting to secure a future they want to see for the country.

READ: Latino Voters Could Decide The 2020 Election, So Why Did Only 5 Presidential Candidates Show Up To A Latino Issues Forum?

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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