STATEWIDE — Even though Election Day has passed, the push for Democrats to mobilize Latino voters isn’t over, especially in Florida, where those voters cast more conservative ballots than in prior elections.
Latinos are not a monolithic group, however.
What You Need To Know
- Hispanic voters cast 10% fewer Democratic votes in Miami-Dade County
- Republican Party, Trump campaign did significant outreach
- RELATED: Hispanic Vote Helped Give Trump an Edge in Florida, Poll Shows
“Just because someone happens to be a member of a minority community doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to vote down a party line. It does come back down to outreach, it comes back down to the messaging,” said Democratic political analyst Ed Narain.
Florida is a prime example. Just look at the number of Cuban and Venezuelan Americans who voted for President Trump in Miami-Dade County, a place with 10% fewer Democratic votes cast compared to the 2016 election.
“There’s no doubt there’s momentum there. And now it's even moreso because demographically the country is changing at such a rapid pace,” said Republican political analyst Jonathan Torres.
Torres says the party’s outreach to conservative leaning Latinos is nothing new. That’s why he believes they’ve made gains with certain demographics of Latino voters.
“If (Democrats) don’t catch up to that, it could continue to snowball against them and in favor of Republicans for elections to come,” he said.
So as the Biden-Harris campaign begins the transition to power, experts say they should focus on constant messaging and outreach.
“I think the party needs to turn around and make sure it's got field offices all around the state, especially in areas that are blue. All too often, minority communities’s votes are taken for granted and the outreach comes out late. That has to start early,” Narain said.