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Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

The Democratic primary is heating up with the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary now behind us. During the campaign, some candidates have shown their support for the Latino community and it shows in the number of donations the candidates are receiving. The winner of the Latino donations, so far, is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Latinos have donated more than $23 million to Democratic presidential candidates in 2019.

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The study, done by Plus Three, analyzed Act Blue donation data to determine the Latino donations in the 2020 Democratic primary. The data showed that Bernie Sanders outraised the rest of the candidates in the field with Latino supporters every month in 2019. There were four months where Sanders raised more than $1 million from Latino supporters.

Sen. Sanders earned a majority of the Latino donations.

Of the $23.7 million donated by Latinos to the Democratic presidential candidates, $8.3 million went to the Bernie Sanders campaign. The contributions came from 1,713,678, according to Plus Three.

However, the study also shows that the Democratic Party is lost significant Latino support after two candidates dropped out.

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One of the key factors in the drop in Latino support is a response to Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro leaving the race. The two candidates received $6.3 million from 315,000 Latino supporters, according to the study. O’Rourke raised $2.6 million dollars from 113,281 contributors while Castro raised $1.8 million dollars from 94,137 contributors.

The loss of Latino supporters signals a lack of Latino voters moving to other candidates as the field narrows. Since the two candidates left the field, Latino donations and contributions dropped 24 percent.

Latinos have become an important and elusive voting bloc.

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The Latino voting power is fast-growing. Thirty-two million Latinos will be available to vote in the 2020 general election in November. This will be the first time in history that the Latino voting power will exceed the Black voting power. The trend in voting power is making the Latino community more and more important in elections.

However, Latinos are diverse and complicated as a voting bloc. The Latino community includes all races and religions. Ideology among the Latino community changes based on the voter and their experiences. In California, for example, 39 percent of Latinos identify as liberal, 30 percent consider themselves to moderate, and 31 percent of Latino voters identify as conservative.

Voting habits are also different between generations. In Florida, more and more younger Cubans and Cuban-Americans are registering with the Democrat Party signaling a departure from their conservative parents and grandparents. A study by Florida International University, shows a trend of the Cuban and Cuban-American population in southern Florida trending more liberal.

The FIU study, conducted after the 2018 midterms, Cubans who came to the U.S. before 1980 are 72 percent Republican, 11 percent Democratic, and 17 percent no party affiliation. Meanwhile, Cubans 18 to 39 are 35 percent Republican, 23 percent Democratic, and 40 percent no party affiliation.

Sanders has a commanding lead with Latino voters, and that is the vote that everyone is after.

Super Tuesday is around the corner and the future of the Democratic nomination will really start to take shape.

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Joe Biden Campaign Taps César Chavez’s Granddaughter To Run Latino Outreach

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Joe Biden Campaign Taps César Chavez’s Granddaughter To Run Latino Outreach

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tapped Julie Chávez Rodriguez to head up his campaign’s Latino outreach attempts. Latinos are a key voting demographic in the 2020 elections and both parties are fighting for the important vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expanding his campaign’s Latino outreach with a key hire.

The Biden campaign’s hire is an investment into the Latino vote the campaign hopes will pay off. Julie Chávez Rodriguez is the granddaughter of important civil rights figure César Chávez. César was one of the leaders of the Farmworkers Movement fighting for fair pay and working conditions for farmworkers. The movement began in California where undocumented people were being exploited on farms across the state.

Some people are very excited to see Julie work on the Biden campaign.

The Biden campaign has a lot of work to do to secure the Latino vote. A Latinos Decision poll from April showed that Latinos leaned towards his candidacy with 59 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, 22 percent of Latinos are ready to support President Donald Trump in 2020.

Part of Biden’s problem with the Latino vote stems from his time in the Obama administration. The immigration record for the Obama administration is something that haunts President Barack Obama and Biden. More people were deported under President Obama’s administration than any administration in history.

Chávez Rodriguez might serve as a bridge into the Latino vote.

Biden was running a low-budget campaign at the beginnings of the race and the lack of outreach shows. Biden trailed Sanders with young Latino voters in Texas and California by healthy margins. The exit polling from those states on primary night illustrated the clear lack of enthusiasm for Biden in the Latino community.

According to a report from Reuters, Puerto Ricans on the mainland want more from Biden. The community, who have been devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes, financial scandals, and, now, a health pandemic. The report shows that the Puerto Rican people want a stronger and bolder plan to fight for the island and the Americans living there.

Chávez Rodriguez worked for the Senator Kamala Harris campaign so she has experiencing work a presidential campaign.

Before serving as Sen. Harris’s co-national political director, Chávez Rodriguez also served as Sen. Harris’s California state director. Chávez Rodriguez also spent time working with the Obama administration before working for Sen. Harris. Chávez Rodriguez worked with the Obama administration working on engagement with LGBTQ, Latino, veteran, youth, education, labor, and progressive leaders.

Chávez Rodriguez joins former Latino Victory Funds President Cristóbal Alex who currently serves as senior advisor for issues impacting Latino voters. Chávez Rodriguez will also be joined on the campaign by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC is part of a unity task force put together by the Biden campaign to bring Senator Bernie Sanders supporters into the campaign.

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Joe Biden Would Love To Have Michelle Obama As His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Would Love To Have Michelle Obama As His Running Mate

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The presidential race is still happening as the country grapples with the coronavirus. Most of the elections conversation is around how people can safely vote and how best to do a nationwide mail-in election. Yet, Joe Biden caught everyone’s attention this week when he mentioned his dream running mate: Michelle Obama.

Joe Biden recently told CBS Pittsburgh that he’d love to have Michelle Obama as his running mate.

“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden told CBS Pittsburgh. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

Biden added: “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.”

Biden did tell the news outlet that he and his campaign are just beginning the process of picking a running mate for the 2020 ticket. Biden has become the presumptive nominee after Sen. Sander, the last competitive person in the race, dropped out. Sen. Sanders has since come forward and endorsed Biden.

The news has made some people very excited and hopeful.

Obama was named the most admired woman in a recent Gallup poll. The admiration for the former First Lady no doubt played into the fantasy of Obama joining Biden on the ticket. However, it is not likely to happen as Obama has expressed her disinterest in ever running for political office.

Obama is not interested in running for office and doesn’t want to be the vice president.

Valerie Jarret, a former Barack Obama White House senior adviser, told the New York Post that Michelle Obama is not interested in running for public office. Michelle Obama reportedly has no interest in being on the Democratic ticket for 2020.

“The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett told the New York Post. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”

Some people on social media are trying to point out other women they think are better prepared.

Sen. Kamala Harris was a Democratic presidential candidate during the 2020 primary race. The California senator dropped out of the race before Super Tuesday and used her experience to challenge Biden on his record of voting on race issues.

Democratic Party supporters believe in the power of having Michelle Obama on the ticket, but it is not happening.

Michelle Obama has not been shy about her wish to be out of the political world as much as possible. One of the things that Michelle Obama told Conan O’Brien during a podcast interview is how she misses her anonymity. She went on to say that with the loss of anonymity went her loss of a normal life that would have suited her better for leadership.

“And so I don’t know as much as I would want to, to be in a position of leadership, to kind of know what are you feeling? Because you can’t experience life behind a tinted window in a car,” Michelle Obama told O’Brien.

She added: “Eight years is enough. It is enough. It’s time for new ideas and people who’ve been in the Chipotle line, and people who are struggling in ways that, because of the nature of what we’ve done, we don’t do that anymore. We need fresh, real, clear eyes in this stuff. That’s why we’re investing our time in training the next leaders.”

So if you were hoping Michelle Obama would run to be vice president, know that it just isn’t happening.

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