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Latinos Showed Up In Record Numbers To Vote In The 2018 Midterm Elections

The 2018 midterm elections, like all midterm elections, was a referendum on what the American people think about the president’s performance. While some Latino-backed candidates, like Beto O’Rourke in Texas, lost, Latino voters turned out in record numbers. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Latino vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

It’s clear that Latinos showed up to the polls to vote in higher numbers in this year’s midterm elections.

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“Latino voters played a pivotal role in taking back the House,” Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said in a press conference this week, according to the Associated Press. “Evidence is clear: Early and active and robust outreach to communities of color — in this case, into the Hispanic community — clearly pays off.”

The Democratic Party said they invested $30 million to engage Latino and other minority voters.

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Here are some extraordinary numbers provided by Voto Latino:

  • 28 percent of Latinx voters voted for 1st time in 2018.

  • 94 percent state that they will vote in local and national elections moving forward.

  • Majority of people said they voted because it was their responsibility, about 30 percent did so to represent their community.

  • 21 percent said they did not vote because they did not feel prepared enough.

  • 44 percent had still not been contacted by a campaign or party.

Bernard Fraga, an assistant political science professor at Indiana University, who’s been analyzing voting in Texas, primarily within the Latino community, found that Latinos voted in the midterm elections as much as they had in the 2016 presidential election. The numbers show that people were more engaged in this midterm elections than in midterm elections in the past.

“What we’re seeing is that it can be done as long as Democrats employ a strategy for reaching Latinos who aren’t registered and don’t usually vote,” Fraga told the Dallas News. “I don’t think it’s guaranteed, but a continued, all-hands-on-deck effort to reach young, Latino voters could make Texas fully competitive.”

The Pew Research reports that more Latinas voted than Latinos.

Dan Sena, the DCCC executive director, told the Associated Press that a polling company called Latino Decisions had focus groups throughout the country in order to inform them about the issues.

“What we wanted was a real, organic way to engage Latino voters and Hispanic voters across the country with a message that was positive and a reason to participate,” Sena said to the Associated Press. “We did a fair amount of studying how to create urgency without it feeling overtly heavy.”

The message clearly worked. Pew shows that once again Latinos voted for the Democratic party rather than Republican. An estimated 69 percent of Latinos voted for the Democratic candidate and 29 percent backed the Republican candidate.

The Latino vote really contributed to the record number of voter turnout in Florida.

According to Pew, a record 2.2 million Latinos registered to vote this year in Florida, an 8.4 percent increase over 2016. “This is nearly double the increase from the previous midterm election in 2014, when Hispanic voter registration increased 4.6 percent over 2012,” Pew stated.

Those numbers are only expected to increase as we enter election season. Several organizations are looking to increase their aim at registering more Latinos.

Remember, there’s still many votes that have yet to be counted in Florida and Georgia. We’re eagerly awaiting those results as well.


READ: How Latinos Made History Across The Country During The Midterm Elections

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#GoyaAlternatives Is Giving People A List Of Companies And Recipes To Help Boycott Goya

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#GoyaAlternatives Is Giving People A List Of Companies And Recipes To Help Boycott Goya

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Goya’s CEO Robert Unanue is facing backlash after calling President Donald Trump a good builder and leader. Latinos, the regular and most loyal customers listened and are using their wallet to send a message by boycotting Goya and buying their competitors.

Goya CEO Robert Unanue convinced Goya lovers to boycott the brand with one sentence.

Unanue, a Spanish-American, called President Trump a great builder and leader during an event. The reaction was swift and unified as Latinos took to social media to call for a boycott. However, as Latinos do, we didn’t just call for a boycott; we got our abuelas involved.

Some Trump supporters are calling for a “buy-cott” to support a company many claim to have never used.

Like, cool. We get it. You like to support your man no matter what. That’s cool and all but it is very telling that so many people on Twitter are saying that it is their first time buying Goya. Cute.

Latinos are calling for a boycott of Goya and offering up alternatives.

There are a lot of companies that offer us the delicious sabor we have tome to associate with Goya. Much like Goya, these companies are ready to be pantry staples offering up the Latino sabor we love. Some don’t even have to be Latino to have our staples.

You can even find recipes for things you’ve never tried to make before using #GoyaAlternatives.

Who knew that you could just make adobo? We all love adobo because you can add it to literally anything and it will be delicious. Now we can just make our own and have some on hand for anything we are making. It’s always nice to know that you made something you use all of the time.

People have their abuelas involved because we are an all-hands-on-deck kind of community.

Tbh, Goya could never match what our abuelas are able to do. They have so much experience feeding their picky grandchildren so they know all of the tricks to make anything delicious. They also know the best non-Goya products to use to make the boycott equally delicious.

Now, just make sure you aren’t wasting food.

There isn’t anything good about throwing out perfectly good food. Ana Navarro offered up some advice about what to do with your current Goya stash. Eat it and don’t buy more or donate it to food banks or those in need.

READ: Goya CEO Says Calls For Product Boycott Are A ‘Suppression Of Speech,’ Refuses To Apologize

St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”