There may be some good news for Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after all. Early voting has already taken place in a number of swing states across the United States. Statistics show a high number of Latino voters are turning out to vote in states like Florida and North Carolina.
In Florida, there were over double the number of Latinos voting early in this election than in any of the past elections. North Carolina, which has a smaller Latino population, still saw about 75% more Latinos voting early in the state than in other previous elections. Of course, we don’t know which candidate they voted for but you can probably guess it was not for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
This doesn’t mean Clinton will get 100% of the Latino vote but she’ll certainly get the majority. A lot of Latinos are still offended by the remarks Trump has made throughout the course of his presidential campaign regarding Mexican immigrants and illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border. When Trump first announced his candidacy, he said “they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” These words have stuck with a lot of Latino voters ever since Trump said them in June of 2015. To make matters worse, Trump said later on that he wanted to deport the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants who are already in the country. So naturally, many Latino voters won’t want to vote for Trump because they likely have family and friends who are illegal immigrants.
Florida and North Carolina are considered swing states because there are a lot of diverse demographics in those states and it is much harder to predict if the majority will vote Republican or Democrat. That is why the candidates spend extra time campaigning in these swing states because the races are usually tight in them. This won’t be good for Trump because he desperately needs to win as many swing states as he can if he is going to make it to 270 electoral votes on November 8th.