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Latinos Are Clapping Back At Donald Trump At the Polls

Despite what the haters have been saying, Latinos are showing up for this election like never before, according to early voting numbers.

This election cycle  has left most Americans feeling like this:

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We are all a nervous mess, people are losing sleep, and friendships are ending because of this.

But Latinos are really flexing their political muscles all of a sudden.

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Yes, really. Reports of early voting in several states across the country are showing that Latinos are going to the polls in record numbers.

Just look at what happened this weekend in Nevada!


According to KTNV, the number of early voters on Friday (Nov. 4) set a record for the most early voters in a single day for Clark County, Nevada. More than 57,000 people turned up to vote in the county.

The Cardenas supermarket in Las Vegas was the most visible example of the power of the Latino vote.

“So Cardenas was responsible for adding 1,000 to the Democratic lead,” political commentator Jon Ralston wrote in an opinions piece. “Trump has almost no path to the presidency without Nevada.”


This one tweet perfectly sums up how many Latinos feel about the voting turnout in Nevada.


Got ’em!

But Nevada is not the only state that has seen surges in Latino voters. Overall, 5 states are reporting larger than average Latino early voting numbers.

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¡Dale!

Arizona is leading the nation in increased Latino voters, according to AZ Central.


The AZ Central has reported that only 6.2 percent of Latinos early voted in 2012. As of Nov. 1, 12 percent of Latinos have voted early.

Florida is reporting a 100 percent increase in Latinos early voting.

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You read that right. There has been a 100 percent increase in Latinos going to the polls just in early voting. According to ABC News, 11 percent of early voting ballots in 2012 were cast by Latinos. So far, 14 percent of all early voting ballots have been caste by Latinos.

Overall, reports and predictions are expecting anywhere between 2 and 3 million more Latino voters for this election, which would indicate an increase from 11.2 million in 2012 to 13.1-14.7 million this year.

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“I think the way we’re looking at it, is that we’re gonna come out of this election having shown the growing power of Latino voters and for Latino voters [immigration reform] is a defining and mobilizing issue,” Frank Sharry, the director of America’s Voice, told Talking Points Memo. They are gonna want action.”

That’s what’s up. Let’s show these politicians that we Latinos are ready to make our voices heard.

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READ: Before The Election, Let’s Correct Some Lies About Undocumented Immigrants

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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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It’s official. Amy Coney Barrett, the judge who is opposed to marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act, is a Supreme Court justice. Barrett has two years of experience as a judge and her confirmation to the Supreme Court has renewed the fight by Democrats, especially AOC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to fight after the latest Supreme Court confirmation.

Amy Coney Barrett is President Trump’s third Supreme Court appointee and her confirmation has reenergized Democratic politicians. Rep. AOC used the confirmation to call for the Democrats to step up and fight like Republicans.

During President Obama’s last year, the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings for his appointee Merrick Garland 8 months before the election. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the time claimed it was inappropriate to hold a hearing during President Obama’s last year. Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation was rushed through with only 8 days till an election.

Barrett’s confirmation is energizing Democratic voters and what they want to see from a Democratic-controlled government.

Democratic voters have long been calling for politicians to pushback against the Republican Party. A common sentiment among the voters is that the Democrats in power have not been forceful enough on behalf of the voters. Rep. AOC is a politician elected to power in the name of that frustration.

An argument has been made to change the court by following past precedent.

Democratic candidates and politicians are calling the Republican Party’s move to confirm Barrett a sham. The argument used is that millions of American have already voted and the confirmation should have been held until the election. Democrats claim that if President Trump loses then Barrett’s confirmation goes against the will of the American voters.

Voters are hoping for a more vocal Democratic Party.

There is one week before the election and millions of people have already voted. Millions more will vote before Nov. 3 and both parties are doing everything in their power to win the election. Democrats saw a historic surge in donations after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death through ActBlue. It is clear that the Democratic Party is motivated but will it translate into votes.

READ: Several Republicans And White House Officials Test Positive For Covid After Amy Coney Barrett Event

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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There are seven days left until the 2020 presidential elections. Democrats and Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure that their party wins. The Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson joined the fight for a Biden/Harris administration with a powerful ad.

The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Joe Biden are appealing to the love of the American people.

The Black Eyed Peas with Jennifer Hudson reworked the lyrics to the groups mega hit “Where Is The Love” to appeal to the American voters. The video starts with Joe Biden quoting the late civil rights activist Ella Baker saying, “Give people light and they will find the way.”

Biden’s ad is a final push to appeal to the American voters’ compassion and love. Images of protesters fighting against police brutality and white supremacy stand alongside the white supremacists marching with torches. The stark realities of two Americas is shocking as people from all walks of life hold up hearts with their hands to appeal to voters.

The ad is resonating with voters who are desperate for a hopeful message from the White House.

Fear and hate have dominated the past four years. Marginalized communities have lost rights and progress under the Trump administration. The administration has apologized for white supremacists while underplaying the danger it poses to the U.S. The FBI has named white supremacy the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. yet the Trump administration has done little to limit it. During the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and he was not able to do so.

For Biden, the election is a referendum on what kind of nation we want moving forward.

People are excited to see this collaboration. It is tugging at everyone’s heartstrings. Hate crimes have increased significantly under the Trump administration and police brutality has become more visible. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighted the need to better train our police forces and change policing in the U.S. Americans took to the streets for months protesting the disproportionate share of local and state budgets allocated to police departments.

People are focusing on the issues on the ballot.

The Democratic Party is highlighting the issues represented on the ballot this election. From immigration to healthcare to democracy, the argument from the Democratic Party is that this election is the most consequential election of our lifetime. Furthermore, the Democratic Party and the Biden/Harris campaign argue that the soul and spirit of our nation are on the ballot.

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 3 or send in your mail-in ballot in time to make sure that your vote and voice are heard.

READ: Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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