Latinos statewide are currently lagging behind in returning recall ballots
Only 18% of Latinos, who make up almost a third of registered voters in California, have voted so far.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif .– With just one week of the recall election, nearly a third of all mail-in ballots statewide had been returned on Tuesday.
However, one of California’s most powerful voting blocs, Latinos, have so far not voted in large numbers.
Earlier this summer, polls showed Latinos were equally divided on the recall issue.
Now, however, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, 63% are opposed to Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall.
However, the challenge for Newsom’s camp appears to be convincing them to vote.
“It’s not just about getting the vote out,” Newsom said at a campaign event in San Francisco on Tuesday. “It’s about returning the ballot.”
A recent poll from Political Data Inc., however, shows that when it comes to handing out those recall ballots, only 18% of Latinos, who make up nearly a third of registered voters in California, voted up to here.
In the 2018 gubernatorial race, Newsom had the support of two-thirds of all Latinos, showing the power of the Hispanic vote.
“We are a majority minority state, in which the largest voting bloc is the Latin American population and that is a big part of the Democratic coalition,” said Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, chairman of the County Democratic Party. San Diego.
He admitted that there is a lot more the party could do to reach out to the Latino community, such as “making sure we embrace outreach in the Spanish language; making sure we empower the leaders of the Latino community”.
Rodriguez-Kennedy points out that Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, both economically and healthily, and that this off-season election may not be a priority for many working-class voters who have to. hard to meet day to day. -day requests.
“We can learn from this lack of participation at this point that the ‘No Campaign’ and the ‘Yes Campaign’ are probably not reaching out enough to Latinos on Latino issues,” he told News 8. .
Both sides now appear to be making up for lost time, with Governor Newsom actively courting the Hispanic vote in the Bay Area, while the leading Republican candidate for the recall race, Tory talk show host Larry Elder, has targeted both Latinos and Africans. American voters, especially when it comes to schools.
“Polls show black and brown parents want choice when it comes to education,” Elder said during a campaign shutdown this week.
Elder even received the support of some well-known Democratic figures: former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado and former State Senator Gloria Romero.
“This is to send a message that the Democratic Party has largely abandoned Latinos,” Romero said at a press conference for Elder last month. “We were taken for granted.”
The fact remains that 58% of registered Latino voters likely to vote on the recall are Democrats.
Rodriguez-Kennedy said that over the coming week, the organized push to get the vote out will intensify.
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