In the past, immigration has been one of those topics that always had certain states seeing red. But that might not be the case with the 2016 election cycle. Blue appears to be bubbling up in unlikely places, painting traditionally red states a more tolerant shade of purple. And nowhere is this more apparent than in Arizona.
A state typically known for its strict immigration laws, Arizona has experienced a swell in the number of registered Democratic voters, thanks to one very unlikely candidate.
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Yep. We can thank Donald Trump. More specifically, we can thank the tireless efforts of local activists who have been so motivated by Trump’s hateful rhetoric they’ve been able to increase the number of registered Democratic voters in Arizona. Nearly 100,000 voters have registered since the 2010 election, which is no small feat considering that getting people to vote Democrat in places like Arizona is like convincing someone to piss on a dumpster fire. It just feels like it won’t help. But if you get enough people pissing on that fire, things just might work out in your favor.
Arizona is proof that a local, concentrated effort can swing the vote, as long as people remember that their vote always counts.
Thanks to organizations like Promise Arizona and Mi Familia Vota, voters are seeing how their voice can make a difference in heavily conservative, anti-immigrant states like Arizona. And it’s hard to feel like your voice matters when people like Hillary Clinton don’t even make much of an effort to encourage voter turnout in states that are traditionally red.
“I am very undecided. I can’t remember the last time I voted Democrat,” Carmen Maldonado told FOX News.
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According to a 2012 study, Arizona is likely to become a full-on blue state by the year 2030 thanks to the increase in the Latino population. As it is, many conservative Latinos in Arizona are leaning towards voting Democrat not because they idolize what Hillary is bringing to the table, but rather, they’re so against Trump that they see themselves as having no choice.