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Latinos Are Expected To Make A Huge Impact During The 2018 Midterm Elections

There is no doubt that Latinos will make an impact during the 2018 midterm elections whether it’s at the polling booth or running for office. Latinos are America’s largest minority group, surpassing black people as a percentage of the population, and statistics show they tend to vote Democrat. According to the Pew Research Center, over 29 million Hispanics are eligible to vote in 2018 and make up 12.8 percent of all eligible voters, which are both new highs. But what does this really mean if more than half of Latinos don’t go out and vote?

The Latino voter turnout rate in midterm elections has declined since 2006 reaching a record low of 27 percent in 2014. 

During the last midterm cycle in 2014, Latinos didn’t make much of an impact at the polls as there was only a 27 percent voter turnout rate, which was a record low. Dan Sena, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), hopes that 2014 was a learning lesson for Democrats that showed Latinos need more than just likable candidates to go out in vote.

“What we saw in the previous midterms was a lack on engagement on behalf of voters that may have been due to several factors including building relationships with Latino voters,” Sena says. “It may not have been a priority in the past but this time around we want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The DCCC is hoping to energize Latinos this year and not only get them vote but get them engaged in the political process.

The DCCC has put $30 million behind TV ads, mailing info and door to door campaigning in hopes of energizing Latinos and young voters to come to the polls. Their digital ads, which are Spanish language, have aired on Univision, Telemundo and other stations in eight large media markets including New Mexico and Texas. Sena says the organization began its campaign five days after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Sena feels that young voters will play a crucial part in whether Democrats can win back the house.

“Latino voters are looking to connect with Democratic candidates that stand on issues like affordable healthcare, education and jobs,” Sena explained. “We have spoken to many Latino families and these issues are a priority in many of their households.”

He feels that one of the biggest misconstructions of Latinos is that they don’t vote in as big numbers as other groups. Yet Latino voter engagement is one of the lowest among all minority groups in the United States. Sena says by getting to build these one on on relationships with Latino voters, the DCCC is getting to know what issues really matter to them.

According to the Pew Research Center, Latinos are more engaged in the 2018 midterms than prior elections.

According to The Pew Research Center, 52 percent of Latino registered voters say they have given the coming November midterm elections “quite a lot” of thought. That is a 16 percentage point increase from what they said about the last midterms in 2014. With that in mind, the DCCC hopes that interest will lead to votes on November 6. The DCCC has targeted 111 House districts this year which includes 29 where at least 10 percent of the eligible voters are Latinos. The hopes are that these votes lead to gaining at least 23 House seats and the majority in the House, currently controlled by the GOP.

Javier Gamboa, a spokesman for the DCCC, says that the organization has conducted a number of focus groups across the country, focusing on Latino voters who usually skip midterm elections, and have launched digital on real issues that affect hardworking Latino families.

“Our mission is to engage voters on issues that they care about and remind them of the power of their vote,” Gamboa says. “With all the backing and money we’ve put fourth, it will be Latinos that will be essential in flipping the House.”

Who are Latinos excited about in the 2018 midterms?

Sena says that this election cycle has seen some of the highest Latino participation than in recent memory and there has already been a great turnout when it comes to mail-in ballots. He says that candidates like Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico, Gil Cisneros in California and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida are in tight races. Latinos can make a huge impact with their vote in these key races, according to Sena.

The DCCC’s TV ads will be airing in these districts but what makes these commercials different then your usual political ad is that they’re not designated for that local area. The ads touch on values that are important to the Latino household like health, family and jobs that aren’t specific to one state but the entire Latino vote.

“Our battlefield is big and diverse. We got an amazing young crop of candidates because there is a desire for change,” Sena says. “People are asking who’s going to share our values and our concerns. This election is a chance for Latinos to go out and make their voices not only heard but make them count.”


READ: From Governorships To Congress, These Latinos Want To Lead The Country With Their Community In Mind

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Kanye West Received 60,000 Votes In His Run For U.S. President Across 12 Different States

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Kanye West Received 60,000 Votes In His Run For U.S. President Across 12 Different States

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Talk about a waste.

As the election edged closer to an end on Wednesday, rapper Kanye West finally threw in the towel and conceded a loss in his presidential run tweeting “WELP KANYE 2024” shortly after midnight. After a long night of waiting, the “Mercy” rapper tallied in a little over 60,000 votes for president of the United States. This is after being featured on the ballot in 12 states and bringing in millions of dollars (of which were primarily his own) to the campaign.

As of 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, West’s exact count was 60,761.

According to Associated Press News, Kanye’s updated state-by-state count is below.

By 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, with the exceptions of Colorado, Utah, Mississippi and Vermont, the states in question had above 90% of votes counted. Colorado, Utah, Mississippi and Vermont had only all above 70% counted.

Arkansas: 4,040
Colorado: 6,254
Idaho: 3,631
Iowa: 3,202
Kentucky: 6,259
Louisiana: 4,894
Minnesota: 7,789
Mississippi: 3,277
Oklahoma: 5,590
Tennessee: 10,216
Utah: 4,344
Vermont: 1,265

By midnight of the election, West’s name was trending on Twitter after he revealed that this would be his first time voting.

Kanye, who ran as an independent, received at least 60,000 votes from Americans. According to Deadline, “a few states were still under 80% reported as of this writing, our count puts him at 59,781 total votes. Thus, it’s a pretty good guess he’ll go over 60,000 by the time all states are fully counted.”

When it comes to states, West pulled in most votes from Tennessee, where he brought in a total of 10,188 votes. “While the rap mogul did rank 4th in some state races, his percentage of the vote was never more than .04%,” Deadline reports.

Soon after Joe Biden made his election night speech, Kanye tweeted his concession.

WELP KANYE 2024 🕊 pic.twitter.com/tJOZcxdArb

— ye (@kanyewest) November 4, 2020

According to The New York Times, West voted in Wyoming where he owns a ranch and has spent much of his time in quarantine. MarketWatch reports that West asked voters in California to write his name on their ballots but he reportedly missed the filing deadline to be a write-in candidate in the state.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the rapper raised $11.5 million for his campaign through mid-October. A little over ten million of those donations were loans made by West to his own campaign.

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Redditers Are Sharing The Extreme And Passive Things They Will Do If Trump Wins

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Redditers Are Sharing The Extreme And Passive Things They Will Do If Trump Wins

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Desperate times are here and they are calling for desperate measures. As millions of citizens eligible to vote go out to cast their ballots in hopes of ensuring a brighter future for the United States, many are still wringing their hands in fear. After all, as the past four years have proven, quite a lot can happen in one presidential term, and not all of it good.

Recently, users on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit have been sharing what they think they will do if things don’t turn out as they plan.

Check out their responses below!

“Vote again next year. Obviously not for president but yeah, mostly just keep doing what I am. Edit: probably look for a new job too – he’s not good for my current employers prospects.” –flamedragon822

“Do what we did in 2016. Resist, protest, support local democrats who affect our lives way more, and go about our lives.

I, personally, have zero desire to leave this country. Maybe I’d prefer to have been born in Canada or Germany, but I was born here, I identify with this country, I like this country, and I’ll fight to fix it rather than leave. It’s never a lost cause.” –10art1

“I’m the other guy. When I was a child my parents were worried I was very sick and they had to weigh the possibility of permanent damage for their child against crippling debt of hospital bills because my country didn’t care enough about me to help take care of me. Well what do you know, now that I’m an adult I don’t care enough about my country to help take care of it.

I’ve moved to Canada. Not specifically for that reason, but it sure is one hell of a perk that even though I’m only a permanent resident me and my family never have to hesitate to get medical help. Most people don’t get a chance to choose their country, but their country has the opportunity to choose them; to help and support and take care of them. America wasn’t there for me then, I feel no obligation to be there for it now.” –camshell

“I won’t lie it would be immensely frustrating. Especially because if Trump does win, it’ll probably be from winning the right combo of swing states again with an even wider margin in the popular vote than 2020. I estimate that Biden could lead by up to 7% in the popular vote this year and still lose the general. But what will I do about it? Nothing mostly. Probably take out my frustration in the form of donating to various causes to reduce the damage this country (and a certain other country that promotes global far-right interests) is doing to itself and the world. The reality is since the beginning of history the left has been stifled. The powerful have both the incentive and ability to protect their power, and the have-nots win only with the help of tremendous luck. Repeated frustrating lost battles in a slow march of progress will always be the way of the left.” –beigebaron

“Same thing I did in 2016… go to bed with a headache.” –xTheBigShow

“Yeah I’m out. I’m an engineering student so I doubt I’ll have trouble finding employment overseas, and Trump winning in 2020 means either he rigged the election (meaning fascism can’t be too far away) or there really are enough ignorant and/or bigoted people in the US to vote that shitstain back in. Either outcome means I no longer want to live in this country.” –-Anguscr4p-

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“Probably abandon all the other issues I should be spending my time caring about and focus purely on electoral reform.

The right to rule is given by the consent of the governed. So why are we letting people win on a technicality while the majority of the country is left pounding sand? Where in our constitution does it even account for a two party system? Nowhere! And yet we’ve allowed them to drag us through a civil war, mass incarceration, unfettered capitalism, and blatant foreign interference. It’s painfully obvious the vast majority of people are not a constituent of either party.” – KamikazeSkylark

“Break the Canadian registration site, again.”- isanynametaken

“There’s a good chance I’ll leave. I’m experienced in EU data protection and technology law, and I’ve had opportunities over in Europe already that I’ve passed up. If trump wins again it’ll be hard to say no next time. I love this country, but at a certain point enough is enough. The problem isn’t just Trump. It’s that so many Americans actually support him.” –spice_weasel

“Probably evolve my participation in the political process beyond simply voting. 2016 spurred me to begin volunteering with Big Brother and my local crisis line. I’ve never viewed myself as having the patience for politics, but if Trump wins in 2020, it may be time to actually get involved in my local politics or with a national political organization. quit my job and get involved in politics full-time with a local or national organization. edit: clarity.”- Reddit user

“Grab the popcorn and watch from the comfort of Europe.” –Darth_Memer_1916

“I may consider running to be a Congress person. The only problem is I live in a liberal area. I’m not going to be replacing any republican so it’s a moot point at the local level. Our entire local government is all Dem so eh. But hey maybe I can do something.” –PlebPlayer

“The same thing I said in 2016: complain about it on the internet. It’d be sad to see the country damaged more than it already has been, and to watch the dying democracy.” –zlefin_actual

“I’ll probably do the same as most Americans, tune in to season 2 to see what direction the show is going before eventually getting bored and stop watching.” –bender710

“Well night of and day after, I’ll most likely bunker down and stay away from the riots. I’ll probably also read Reddit/Twitter and laugh at people thinking Trump wouldn’t win again. Then I’ll cry for how dumb Americans are, how lazy of a voter base we have, and losing my innocence, again.” –rudedudemood

“Canada if they’ll have me.” –SpaceMonkey877

“He won’t if we vote instead of just saying “he won’t”. Certainly I would not leave the country. Protest. Resist. Fight back in every way.” –MutatedFrog-

“Hope we can break the conservatives back and take their majority in senate so they can no longer protect him.” –datfixinboy

“Get on with my life because I am not American. I consider establishment Democrats to be centrist conservatives anyway.”-nsci2ece

“I’d like to think I’d do something good like resisting, protesting, etc, but if he wins, I’ll probably honestly just give up and do my best to ignore politics until the next elections.” – RavenLabratories

“Another Impeachment. Or 2. Or 53.” –Mant1c0re

“Same thing I’ve been doing these last 4 years: call out his bullshit, vote against his cronies and make sure we learn from our loss.” –thisisathrowaway_900

“Pray that the U.S can keep itself together over the next four years and focus on getting my political science/law degree so I can run for office myself and get these fascists out of government.”- OfElephantMonkeys

“I’d probably get pretty serious about Canada. I live not far from the border and my company is based out of Vancouver so there’s a possibility of being transferred. I would consider a second Trump turn to be a sign America has given up on getting back on it’s feet. Another several years of protests, riots, racial violence, defunding education, and safety nets even during a pandemic – the most heartless legislation and tone deaf administration I’ve witnessed in my entire life. I don’t think he’s doing it to make America great. I think he’s doing it at his dictators behest to intentionally weaken us and make us less powerful on a world scale, less of a threat to Putin. I think he’s setting the groundwork to allow us to be very easily taken advantage of and I don’t plan on sticking around for any more of this shitshow than is necessary. I want my daughter to grow up in a country where she’s more valuable than her eggs and has a shot at a decent education. May be some place where people actually care about whether or not kids are routinely getting shot up in schools and people don’t go bankrupt from a broken bone.” –Zoklett

“Same shit I always do probably, unless we all die from coronavirus.” –Star_City

“Nothing much. I don’t even know what Trump would do as a 2nd term POTUS. Probably very little…all he cares about is campaigning and trolling. If you remove the notion of a future election, he probably will just sit around his FL house, watch Fox, and play golf with PM Abe.” –DukeofDixieland

“Nothing? Trump is a lame duck president. He’s actually preferable to Biden simply because he has less potential to do harm. As soon as Trump is out of office, most people currently following politics will go back to ignoring politics within a couple of years.” –WBSNE

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