For Immediate Release
Nov. 6, 10:30 pm Eastern
Contact: Karina Martinez | Karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858-752-1262
LATINO VOTE: Angered by Trump’s Racism, Latinos/Communities of Color Join Forces in AZ & NV Senatorial Elections
PHOENIX, AZ – Latino voters and members of communities of color in Arizona and Nevada solidly rejected President Trump’s racist agenda, according to initial findings from the American Election Eve Poll that was sponsored by numerous groups including Mi Familia Vota (MFV).
In the Arizona U.S. senate race between two House members, Latinos picked Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over Republican Martha McSally by a 75% to 22% margin.
Latinos in Nevada backed Democratic senatorial candidate Jacky Rose over GOP incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, by a margin of 71% to 25% of the Latino vote.
“Latinos in Arizona have been subject to brazen anti-Latino attacks for a decade and which intensified under the Trump administration. The surge of Latinos voting in Arizona and across the U.S. was fueled by opposition to the Trump administration and anger at the policies he’s put forth,” said Eduardo Sainz, MFV Arizona director. “Regardless of the election outcome, we expect Congress to hear our voices through our strong Latino voter turnout and to stand up to the President,” Sainz added.
“Latinos in Nevada are frustrated and angry with the Trump administration. We need a united Nevada delegation in the Senate to represent our communities. Politicians will be held accountable by our communities if they pretend to be with us and then sit at the right hand of the President when anti-immigrant, anti-Latino decisions are made,” said Cecia Alvarado, state director of MFV Nevada.
The American Election Eve Poll examined the voting behavior of Latinos and other communities of color in states with competitive elections, including the states where MFV has ground operations, AZ, CA, FL, NV and TX, and included national surveys of House battleground districts and of Native American voters. In the battleground districts, Latinos voted for Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 73% to 23%.
Latinos’ disapproval of Trump’s job performance was 67%, only second to the repudiation of the president expressed by 79% of black voters, according to the poll.
By strong margins, members of communities of color said the president had made them feel angry: 73% of Latinos, 79% of blacks, and 66% of Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Even white voters agreed, by a solid 57% majority, that Trump had said or done something that made them angry, one of many signs in the poll that the president’s ongoing rants against immigrants and communities of color have not produced the political points he sought among white voters.
In Arizona, 83% of Latino voters said Trump’s racist statements and policies will cause a major setback to the progress they have made in recent years. Nevada Latinos agreed by 78%.
Latino voters in AZ said health care was the top issue politicians should address followed by improving the economy/job creation, and in NV, the issue priorities were flipped, with health care topping the list, followed by economic concerns.
Results from the American Election Eve Poll will be updated throughout the evening and Wednesday at ElectionEve2018.com
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.