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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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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

One of the big surprises of the 2020 election was how even though most Latino voters across the U.S. voted for Joe Biden, in some counties of competitive states like Florida and Texas, a higher-than-expected percentage of Latinos supported Donald Trump. One factor that many believe played a role: online misinformation about the Democratic candidate.

Another important subject that’s been victim of a massive misinformation campaign is the Coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing vaccination program. But why does #fakenews so heavily target the Latino community?

Since the 2020 campaign, a large misinformation campaign has target Latinos.

Although fake news is nothing new, in the campaign leading up to the 2020 elections it morphed into something more sinister – a campaign to influence Latino voters with false information. The largely undetected movement helped depress turnout and spread disinformation about Democrat Joe Biden.

The effort showed how social media and other technology can be leveraged to spread misinformation so quickly that those trying to stop it cannot keep up. There were signs that it worked as Donald Trump swung large numbers of Latino votes in the 2020 presidential race in some areas that had been Democratic strongholds.

Videos and pictures were doctored. Quotes were taken out of context. Conspiracy theories were fanned, including that voting by mail was rigged, that the Black Lives Matter movement had ties to witchcraft and that Biden was beholden to a cabal of socialists.

That flow of misinformation has only intensified since Election Day, researchers and political analysts say, stoking Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and false narratives around the mob that overran the Capitol. More recently, it has morphed into efforts to undermine vaccination efforts against the coronavirus.

The misinformation campaign could have major impacts on our politics.

Several misinformation researchers say there is an alarming amount of misinformation about voter fraud and Democratic leaders being shared in Latino social media communities. Biden is a popular target, with misinformation ranging from exaggerated claims that he embraces Fidel Castro-style socialism to more patently false and outlandish ones, for instance that the president-elect supports abortion minutes before a child’s birth or that he orchestrated a caravan of Cuban immigrants to infiltrate the US Southern border and disrupt the election process.

Democratic strategists looking ahead to the 2022 midterm elections are concerned about how this might sway Latino voters in the future. They acknowledge that conservatives in traditional media and the political establishment have pushed false narratives as well, but say that social media misinformation deserves special attention: It appears to be a growing problem, and it can be hard to track and understand.

Some believe that Latinos may be more likely to believe a message shared by friends, family members, or people from their cultural community in a WhatsApp or Telegram group rather than an arbitrary mainstream US news outlet; research has found that people believe news articles more when they’re shared by people they trust.

Fake news is also impacting our community’s response to the pandemic.

Vaccination programs work best when as many people as possible get vaccinated, but Latinos in the United States are getting inoculated at lower rates.

In Florida, for example, Latinos are 27% of the population but they’ve made up only about 17% of COVID-19 vaccinations so far, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And Latinos are relying on social media and word-of-mouth for information on vaccines — even when it’s wrong. There’s myths circulating around the vaccine, whether you can trust it and the possible the long-term effects.

And it’s not just obstacles to getting information in Spanish, but also in many of the native Mayan indigenous languages that farmworkers speak in South Florida.

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