The Push for Hispanic Votes
This election has turned into one that is centered upon one huge issue: immigration. The Democrat debate last night, focused on the issue, and the Republican debates also spent a lot of time regarding illegal immigration and plans to fix the broken system.
As the campaign number game comes down to the final numbers, many candidates believe that if they can capture this part of the electorate, they will have the edge to push them to the win. In a study from the Center for Immigration Studies in 2012, 73.4 percent are non Hispanic voters, leaving the rest to this identity group. It is expected that a little over 50% of this group comes out to vote on election day. So, with these numbers in mind, each party tries to pander to the group, and promise some sort of benefits and a reason to be elected.
Trump got most attention for his comments about immigration in the beginning of his campaign. Calling illegals criminals, the Democrats were joyfully hoping that they could get this group on their side. The business magnate is changing his tune, however, holding a huge rally in Las Vegas where he had various hispanics and other businessmen come up to the podium and say how much Latinos loved Trump. Trump also wants to verify that it is only a certain group of hispanics that are causing disruption in America, but for the rest of them, he is a beacon of hope as he will create jobs and a system that allows for Hispanics to come here legally, and truly make a better life for themselves.
As for the Democrats, Clinton came out at the debate last night saying that free healthcare and education would be available for hispanics if she were elected into office.
The catch for both of these individuals running for office is that the 73.4% who are not Hispanic, might see that giving illegal immigrants free access to healthcare and education oversteps the line of what it means to have citizenship.
Jeb Bush, on the other hand, does not have the same support from the Tea Party base that Trump does, but he does surpass most candidates when it has to do with the Hispanic vote. While this is significant, it is not enough to give him an edge, and raise his poll numbers.
As it is still early in the game, there is a lot of time for minority voters to change their mind, or change the candidate they want to vote for. Even though the Democrats clearly pandered to the minorities last night in their debate, the Republicans still have a chance to show that they are the right party if they want America to turn around economically, which really, is what turns an election around on voting day.