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!
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 5, 2016
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.
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) November 5, 2016
“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.”
— Jorge Neri (@Jneri312) November 5, 2016
This one tweet perfectly sums up how many Latinos feel about the voting turnout in Nevada.
Looks like Trump got his wall after all. A wall of beautiful voters. https://t.co/cIx3IQdlwD
— Yvanna Cancela (@ydc226) November 5, 2016
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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Arizona is leading the nation in increased Latino voters, according to AZ Central.
— azcentral (@azcentral) November 3, 2016
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.”