by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Democrats are losing their edge with Latino and Hispanic voters, and prominent members of the minority community are sounding the alarm to President Joe Biden and their Capitol Hill colleagues before next year’s midterm cycle.
Democrats no longer have an advantage with Latino and Hispanic voters when they were asked whether they would support their local Democratic or Republican congressional candidate if the midterm elections were held today, according to a Wall Street Journal poll last week.
Last year, more than 60% told pollsters they would cast a ballot for their House Democratic contender, researchers found. This month, 37% said they would make the same choice, while the same percentage would back the Republican. Roughly 1 in 5 remained undecided.
Republicans are undermining Democrats’ stranglehold on the Latino and Hispanic vote as Biden’s Justice Department sues states such as Georgia over its election integrity laws and Texas over its redistricting proposal, both of which it argues discriminate against minorities, according to Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos.
“With the overall Hispanic population growing at a faster rate than any other demographic in the U.S., both parties know that the 2022 midterm kingmakers could be these Hispanic voters,” he told the Washington Examiner. “We’ve found the issue of education to be disproportionately higher among Hispanics in many of our polls, along with immigration, as well as socialist political attacks from Republicans.”
Democrats are “hemorrhaging” support among Latinos and Hispanics, according to Republican strategist Cesar Conda. …
… Biden’s vaccine mandates are “a huge concern” among Latinos and Hispanics, who worry about their job security, according to Conda, a former aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The group broadly supports secure borders, he added.