Looks like the heated rhetoric didn’t work
A new survey appeared to stun the progressive MSNBC news outlet when it showed that Latinos had not dropped in support for Republicans despite what many saw as racially insensitive rhetoric from the president.
VoteCast data from the Associated Press showed that 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans at a time when many pundits and most Democrats hoped that the demographic group might lead an electoral revolt against President Trump’s immigration policies.
“Data from November’s elections show the GOP’s position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president’s rhetoric and policy,” read the tweet from MSNBC.
That would be a gain in support from Latinos compared to exit polling from the 2016 election, where Edison Research found that 28 percent of Latinos voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Clinton received 66 percent of the Latino vote in that exit polling, which was comparable to former President Barack Obama’s support among Latinos at 67 percent in 2008. However, it fell fall short of Latino support for Obama in his 2012 re-election campaign, when he received 71 percent.
MSNBC reported that Democrats were distraught that Republicans had been able to retain so much of their support from Latinos.
“The question is not are Democrats winning the Hispanic vote,” said Democratic pollster Fernand Amandi, “it’s why aren’t Democrats winning the Hispanic vote 80-20 or 90-10 the way black voters are?”
Although Republicans didn’t see a drop in support from Latinos in the midterm elections, it did not prevent Democrats from seizing control of the House of Representatives away from Republicans. The Republicans were, however, able to increase their majority in the Senate.