by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Joe Biden lost a sea of Latino, Asian and immigrant votes in the election after being accused of taking them for granted and not putting in enough campaign outreach before November 3.
Detailed voter analysis by The New York Times that was released on Friday revealed how precincts where Latinos and Asians make up at least 65 per cent of the population in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia, pulled away from Biden.
He still won the overall Latino and Asian vote, but not by as much as in years past.
Biden did slightly better in precincts with majority black voters, but in many of those areas turnout and victory margins both were down, compared to 2016.
In counties where the population is 65 per cent Latino or of Asian descent, Trump made big gains.
For example, in Los Angeles, a study of 1,544 voting precincts revealed that votes for Trump increased by 78 per cent.
Trump also saw major gains in New York, where 38 per cent of residents are immigrants. Like in Los Angeles, votes for the incumbent in precincts densely populated by Latinos and Asian-Americans increased by 78 per cent, compared to 2016, with Biden being up by just 2 per cent in those areas, compared to Hillary Clinton’s results four years ago.
In Chicago, precincts boasting large immigrant populations – including people of Mexican descent and other Latino groups – voter turnout was up this year, and most of the additional voters cast their ballots for Trump.
South Asian, Arab and Eastern European immigrants living in the suburbs of Chicago also favored the Republican president over his Democrat opponent.
In the traditionally blue Miami, Trump captured 61 per cent of the voter turnout increase, compared to Biden’s 6 per cent loss.