Presidential campaigns putting emphasis on Latino communities
By: Zach Crenshaw
Tuesday night, the entire country will be watching Arizona closely as election results roll in. In the now battleground state, many experts believe Latinos will be the swing vote that could swing the election.
The progressive organization LUCHA has spent months drumming up support for Democrats.
“We are turning out the vote. We are really proud to say that we’ve been able to make 8 million calls [and] over 51,000 door knocks now,” said Alejandra Gomez, LUCHA’s Co-Executive Director.
On the eve of the 2020 election, Gomez says she is “cautiously optimistic.”
LUCHA says, according to their data, 300,000 Arizona Latinos have already voted — 200,000 of them for the first time. “Our communities are holding strong at 70% support for Biden,” said Gomez.
In a recent poll, OH Predictive Insights found 60% of Arizona Latinos support Former Vice President Biden.
But President Trump has been working to win over Latino supporters, like Elizabeth Cruz. “The percentage of the people that we talk to, it’s at least 60% [Trump support]. They are voting for their values,” said Cruz.
The Mesa grandmother immigrated here from Chile in 1978. She told ABC15 she fears the Democratic party is moving too closely to Socialism.
She is also a devout Christian and says a pro-life President is a priority. “I do have conservative values. And conservative values go with life in the womb of a mother,” she said.” “Then it will be the economy, social justice, immigration and all these other issues.”
For young mother Regina Maldonado, her 2020 vote was about leadership and character. “I don’t think his compass points due north. And that is highly irritating to watch,” she said.
Maldonado is an Army veteran, who served for five years. In 2016 she actually voted for President Trump, but now is voting against him.
“My sense is a lot of Hispanic people are voting for Biden,” said Maldonado.
But how many Latino’s will choose not to vote? The Pew Research center found in 2016 that fewer than 50% of eligible Latino voters cast a ballot.
“They’re sitting out. They really don’t know,” said Angelica, a South Phoenix mother of two.
Tuesday, she plans to vote, but is “still not sure yet” about who she is supporting.
As an undecided, Arizona Latina voter, she may be part of the group swings the state, and potentially the election.