When Latinos jump the Democrat ship | Midterm elections in the United States
Often perceived as of Democratic voters, Latin Americans are getting closer and closer to the Republican Party, which is a bad sign for Joe Biden's troops, as the midterm elections approach.
Hispanics are increasingly attracted to the Republican Party as the midterm elections approach.
< p class="e-p">In her small restaurant in Albuquerque, Maria Lascano, originally from the Mexican province of Sinaloa on the Pacific coast, is happy because her restaurant specializing in seafood is once again packed this Sunday lunchtime.
It's been 17 years since this Mexican opened her business in New Mexico, her promised land, a state with the highest proportion of Hispanics in the country, a little more half of its population.
In the United States, almost 20% of the population is Latino, or about 62 million people.
This voter says she is optimistic about the future of Latin Americans in the country, because she believes that in the elections on November 8, her compatriots will elect those who give them the most hope. I hope Latinos will have every opportunity to enjoy American prosperity, she explains.
Maria Lascano, who is a convinced democrat, recognizes that many members of her community are rather republicans.
When asked about her political allegiance, it is unequivocal that she answers democrat. She votes blue, even if sometimes the policies of the party are not always in line with her conscience or her priorities, in particular on abortion, which she opposes.
She also admits that her Hispanic friends prefer to vote more conservative because of this issue, and therefore for the Republicans.
This is the case of Salvador Rodriguez, an energy engineer nuclear who is also the senior pastor of the Iglesia Bautista Emanuel, a small Baptist church in a Hispanic neighborhood of Albuquerque. For him, faith has its place when it comes time to speak out politically.
In general, Hispanics are really diverse. But one thing that unites us is that we are quite conservative, he points out. We carry with us our family traditions, our belief in God and the conviction that if we work hard, we are rewarded.
Salvador Rodriguez's Little Albuquerque Baptist Church
And as a believer, one of the hot topics of this election remains abortion. The fact that abortion kills a life is firmly rooted in our beliefs, it is something that is displeasing to God, he maintains. Which makes him lean once again towards the Republican Party for these elections.
Within the same church, Nelson Adriano, the deacon, still appears as a Democrat.< /p>
But if you think Latinos are heavily Democratic, think again, he says. Maybe in the past, Democrats often won more than Republicans, but not anymore. Most of our young people are Republicans.
The New Generation of Hispanics in New Mexico are Voting More for the Party republican.
The new generation, it is in particular the children of Salvador Rodriguez who, on this Sunday morning, do some re-readings of the Bible, while talking about politics.
Sarai, 21, admits that right now it's sometimes hard to know where politicians stand on certain issues, which forces her to dig deeper to find out more before deciding. His 18-year-old younger brother, Sal, likely made his choice based on his religious beliefs.
I vote for the person who has the same values as me, and I am anti-abortion myself. Because if you take a baby's life, that's not cool. The Bible agrees with that: Thou shalt not kill.
By betting almost their entire election campaign on abortion, the Democrats made a serious mistake. they believe they are attracting Latin Americans this way, says Sylvia Gonzales-Gorman, professor of political science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
That won't be enough to win over voters like a single mom of two, or those Latino voters who are concerned — like everyone else — about economics, gun control, and education.
Mostly unfavorable to abortion, Latinos recognize themselves more in the Republican Party.
No wonder the latest polls in states where Hispanics are very present give a hard time to Democrats. It shows a progression of Republicans in the voting intentions of Latin Americans.
In 2016, under Donald Trump, the right had managed to increase its support among this group of voters and, according to Alex Kuehler, director of communications for the Republican Party in the west of the country, the wind continues to blow in favor of the country. Grand Old Party.
We are the party of faith, the party of family, and we also believe that we are the party of opportunity and freedom, summarizes Mr. Kuehler.
A credo which, according to him, is reaching more and more Latin American immigrants who have worked hard to find a place in the United States.
In order to strengthen their support within this targeted population, for the past few months, the Republican Party has opened about forty community centers for minorities, especially Latin Americans.
From California to Wisconsin to New Mexico to Texas, the party has spent millions of dollars to entice those many Latin Americans disillusioned with the Democrats.
< p class="e-p">They feel like Democrats took their vote for granted, some haven't seen a Democrat come knocking on their door in a very long time, adds Alex Kuhler.
One of those community centers opened by Republicans.
Which is such a big mistake on the part of Joe Biden's party, according to political science professor Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman.
I still don't know why the Democratic Party doesn't x27;is not on the ground. One of the biggest complaints I've heard at the local Democratic Party level, she says, is that they need help from the National Party, but they don't get it. that support.
So it's going to be tough for Democrats to recover from this if they don't engage more with the community, she warns.
< p class="e-p">Republican efforts are in any case beginning to bear fruit since, this summer, Mayra Flores, a Latin American Republican from South Texas, succeeded in winning a seat in Congress from the Democrats.
Kevin McCarthy, Republican Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, talks about a historic moment that bodes well for the party's future among the people Hispanic.
Professor Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman agrees. The involvement of the Republican Party on the ground at the local level has been very effective. It was already under Trump and it will continue, because, little by little, they are attracting this population of voters who, in general, voted Democrat until now.
Mayra Flores, a Latino Republican from South Texas, won a congressional seat. themselves Hispanics. The representation of elected Latin American Republicans in Congress could increase by 50% thanks to the next elections.
Republican Alex Kuelher is convinced that the love affair between Latin Americans and his party will undermine the solidity of the foundation of the Democratic vote. I think that foundation is going to be a foundation of sand when we get to November 9, and we're going to see the Republicans have made some serious inroads, some serious gains.
Salvador Rodriguez finds among his followers that the mobilization of his fellow men will have a lot to do with it.
I believe there has been an upsurge in Hispanics wanting to vote and realizing that we have power when we vote. I believe there's a trend towards more Hispanic voting on issues that are more Republican than Democratic, he said. But we don't always like to vote for just one party. Sometimes we will vote for both parties based on which seems to be the more conservative of the two, because sometimes you can have Democrats who are definitely moderate or even conservative.
Salvador Rodriguez, pastor of a small Baptist church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, feels rather drawn by the Republican Party, particularly on the basis of her religious convictions
For her part, Maria Lascano, the Democratic restaurateur, knows that on November 8, she will vote in her soul and conscience for the candidates who best respect his convictions. Even if they may not all be Democrats.