The Latino Vote for the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election is shifting to the “Conservative Republican Thinking Candidates” in Texas
by V. Lance Tarrance
Until recently, the Latino vote was a loosely connected group that had always voted for Democratic candidates. Various newspaper articles and opinion pieces during this previous year of 2023 have all pointed to repercussions to the two political parties because of the new Latino vote.
Take a look at what other articles have been written so that we can see how the Latino vote in Texas conforms to these new trends. Key paragraphs for political use have been excerpted, below.
See what you think.
The Washington Post
The evidence mounts: Hispanic voters are drifting toward the GOP
By Ruy Teixeira
July 5, 2023 at 6:15 a.m. EDT
“…Catalist data confirm a nationwide shift among Latinos in 2020. The Democrats’ overall margin among this group dropped by 18 points relative to 2016. Cubans had the largest shift of 26 points, but Puerto Ricans moved by 18 points to Trump, Dominicans by 16 points and Mexicans by 12 points. An overall weak spot for Democrats was among Latino men who gave Trump a shocking 44 percent of their two-party vote in 2020…”
“…Since then, polls consistently find that Hispanic voters prefer Republicans to Democrats on inflation and handling the economy. Nearly all — 86 percent — Hispanics say economic conditions are only fair or poor and about three-quarters say the same thing about their personal financial situation. By 2 to 1 they say President Biden’s policies are hurting, not helping, them and their families…”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Op-Ed: Latino voters are still in search of a working-class agenda
BY MIKE MADRID AND LUCAS HOLTZ
JAN. 1, 2023 12:33 PM PT
“…There is growing evidence that the cultural and ethnic issues that Democrats have used for decades to win Latinos may be dissipating as economic issues take hold in the fastest-growing segment of California’s working class…Latino voters are disproportionately affected by rising living costs, steep housing prices and the employment damage done by the pandemic…”
“…Discontent with the economy was not isolated to any one demographic this year, but Latinos have overwhelmingly prioritized the cost of living, the economy and the value of hard work over the last two election cycles…And data from a recent post-election survey conducted by Navigator Research, a Democratic firm, showed that 70% of Hispanic voters nationwide, across age and gender, rated the economy negatively, and 55% said it was getting worse…”
“…Running against Republicans has been a successful tactic for a generation of California Democrats seeking Latino support, but it’s not going to be sufficient. It now requires showing up in Latino communities, being aspirational about the future of the country and committing to a working-class agenda, in rhetoric and policy, that delivers for Latino voters.”
Opinion: Biden’s struggle among Latino voters is real. Here’s why and what he can do about it
Sun, December 3, 2023 at 5:00 AM CST
“…The Latino electorate is moving away from the aggrieved immigrant narrative favored by Democrats and toward an assimilating, working-class identity that mirrors its non-Latino counterparts…”
“…The fastest-growing segment of the Latino population is not only U.S.-born and English-speaking but also ascending the economic ladder…”
“…The Latino vote has changed and is continuing to do so. Democrats, for their sake and the country’s, are going to have to fight for a base they have always been able to take for granted…”
Many Latino Californians aren’t voting. Can U.S. Senate candidates motivate them?
BY YUE STELLA YU
NOVEMBER 16, 2023
Latino voters are up for grabs in the 2024 California election, and could help decide who wins the U.S. Senate seat. But will the campaigns do enough outreach to convince them?”
“…For six generations since emigrating from Mexico to America, Clarissa Renteria’s family never voted…”
“…“My family just didn’t feel included in the politics, didn’t feel seen,” Renteria, 25, said in an interview at a voter registration event in Tulare. “It was just like: ‘You guys obviously don’t care about me. I don’t care about you, and I’m not going to vote. I’m just going to work to live and that’s it.’”…”
“…Lack of engagement is common among millions of eligible Latino Californians who miss out on voting each year. Latinos are the least likely to vote, though they comprise the single largest racial and ethnic group statewide, research shows. They account for just 25% of the state’s likely voters despite making up 36% of the adult population statewide, according to the Public Policy Institute of California…”