The Latinx Turnout Was The Real Election Day Victory

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Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

This Wednesday’s headlines don’t seem to be encouraging for those who know the risk of a second term of the Donald Trump government.

Media such as The Intercept reported a favorable behavior of the Latino vote towards the president, citing as an example Starr County, in Texas, where 96% of the population is Latino and of limited economic resources, and where Joe Biden won by only 5 points.

Although overall participation in this election increased considerably, the Latinx vote has been closely watched by those who warned that the outcome depends on these demographics.

While Trump’s support among Cuban Americans and Venezuelans helped him win Florida, Biden rose 16 percentage points in Georgia and fell in Ohio.

In Arizona, where Hillary Clinton won with 61% of the Latino vote, Biden swept 70%, in what Bernie Sanders’ Latino strategy architect Chuck Rocha has described as “the perfect storm.

“The Latino outreach started late,” Rocha said. “It could have been better, and we’re lucky that Joe Biden caught up with his spending when he did because the outside spending was not comparable. What we’re seeing is a billion dollars that was spent talking to white persuadable voters and less than $24 million talking to Latinos for outside orgs.”

However, the most important result is the participation rate of Latinx especially young people in 2020.

Voto Latino registered more than 601,330 voters for the 2020 election cycle, 73% of whom are between 18 and 39.

In a press release, the organization reported that young Latinx voters in battleground states “are turning out in massive early voting numbers,” creating the conditions for a record turnout at the close of the election.

In the states of Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and North Carolina, 33% of Latinx early votes came from voters who did not vote in 2016, the group explained, determining that, at this time, young Latinx voters form the largest bloc within the Hispanic community nationwide.

In early voting, Latinx participation is at its highest level, with 6,810,948 votes cast, compared to 3,710,270 cast at this time in 2016. In Pennsylvania, Latinx early voting has increased by 840% compared to 2016. Latinx early voting is also up 148% in North Carolina, 133% in Florida, 124% in Arizona, 147% in Texas, and 147% in Nevada.

This only confirms that Tuesday’s results are only beginning to scratch the surface of what could happen by the end of the week.