Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “sounding the alarm” about her party’s vulnerabilities with Latino voters, expressing her frustration over the low turnout in Florida and Texas amongst Latinos for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that galvanized into helping President Trump win the two key battleground states on Election Day.
“I won’t comment much on tonight’s results as they are evolving and ongoing, but I will say we’ve been sounding the alarm about Dem vulnerabilities w/ Latinos for a long, long time,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “There is a strategy and a path, but the necessary effort simply hasn’t been put in.”
We have work to do. https://t.co/hkZiMgrqdE— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 4, 2020
The progressive Democratic lawmaker followed up the tweet with an article that read “Biden campaign doesn’t consider Latinos ‘part of their path to victory,’ political operatives say,” captioning in the tweet “We have work to do.”
The article dated back to May 2020 reports of 20 Latino political operatives warning the Biden campaign he might not win the general election due to his negligence and campaign strategy of the heavily growing Latino community. They also lambasted the former vice president for failing to address his connection to the Obama administration’s aggressive deportation policy that led to 3 million undocumented Hispanics deported.
One of the latest national poll from Morning Consult conducted days before Election Day found that Biden was less popular with Hispanic and Black voters than Hillary Clinton in 2016. Among Hispanic voters, The poll compared CNN’s 2016 exit polling data to its most recent polling results for the 2020 election. It showed Biden down by 3 percent compared to Clinton, 66 percent of support as opposed to 63 percent who back the current Democratic nominee.
A Biden based campaign senior advisor from Florida, Christian Ulver told ABC News last week the Biden camp 45 GOTV Hispanic events across with 1/2 of those events occurring in South of Florida.
“In the final push you got to draw that excitement out to get people to the polls and we’re doing that all over the state of Florida,” Ulver told ABC News.
Trump was declared the winner of the Sunshine State late Tuesday night in a very tight race with 51.21% of the vote to Biden 47.8%. He picked up more Latino voters in several key battleground states than he won in 2016, according to preliminary results of a nationwide CNN exit poll.
The President captured almost half of the Latino demographic in Florida, up from 35% in 2016, while Biden earned about half of the Latino vote, compared to 62% who supported Clinton just four years ago.
Biden also lost support among Latino voters in Georgia and Ohio, capturing only about 16% of Latinos in Georgia and about 24% in Ohio. In 2016, Clinton’s margin captured 40% of Georgia Latinos and 41% of Ohio.