- Hispanic and Latino voters have historically voted for Democratic candidates, but Republican gains in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections reveal a potential realignment ahead of the midterm and presidential elections.
- ” Donald Trump was almost always mentioned on news media after he took office. You couldn’t really get away from him,” Colombian American Carolina Serrano, who is one of 103 Hispanic GOP candidates seeking a congressional seat this November, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
began reaching out to Latinos, while Democrats, many of times, had a poor outreach operation, especially at Congress,” Chuck Rocha, Democrat political strategist, told TheDCNF.
Republican Congressional candidate Carolina Serrano said Hispanic and Latino lives have gotten worse after years of voting for Democrats, while Republican gains among the base reveal a potential realignment ahead of the 2022 and 2024 elections.
There are a record 103 Hispanic GOP candidates running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Serrano, a Colombian American woman running to be the Republican candidate in Nevada’s 1st Congressional District. Serrano stated that former President Donald Trump’s presidency was a factor in the larger trend of Hispanic voters and Latinos shifting to the Republican Party.
” Donald Trump was almost always mentioned on news media after he took office. According to Serrano, “You couldn’t get away from him.” “For me, I started paying attention to what he was saying, and to be honest I’d never really seen a politician before champion America or American citizens or really want to put American citizens first so that first grabbed my attention.”
“Hispanics are no different from white Americans, Asian Americans, black Americans, we all want safe communities, good schools, good-paying jobs, and just to overall live a good life,” she said. (RELATED: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Why Hispanics And Latinos Are Shifting Right)
Serrano said Trump’s policies resonated with Hispanics as many hail from countries suffering from violent crime and extreme corruption.
I am officially launching the campaign for Nevada’s 1st Congressional District.
The Radical Left wants open borders and socialism. They also want to defund police.
I want the wall, freedom, and America First values in D.C.
— Carolina Serrano (@Carolina4NV) December 12, 2021
“There’s no really middle class. She said that there is no way to escape the class you were born into. Serrano stated that this is what woke up Hispanics. “After voting for Democrats for so many years, life hasn’t improved Then Donald Trump came in and put in policies that worked for all Americans.”
The economy, crime and safety, and education are the top three issues for Hispanic and Latino voters, according to a February poll from FreedomWorks. Hispanics saw Republicans as a way to get the country back on track following restrictive COVID-19 measures, according to Peter Vicenzi, the director of communications at FreedomWorks.
” “There are many Hispanics who work in the construction industry or service industry and were really affected by COVID restrictions,” Vicenzi explained to TheDCNF. “They saw Republicans as the way, kind of, to get back to work and get the country headed in the right direction.”
Vicenzi said the GOP needs to remind voters it supports law enforcement and “[supports] parents having a choice in their kids’ education” in order to continue their momentum and build on their support from the Hispanic and Latino voter base. Nearly 60% of the March poll’s respondents support “parental involvement in education,” according to a press release.
“People travel to America because of the strong emphasis placed on rule and law,” he stated. “Republicans support school choice. That’s a big issue that resonates, we found in our polling, that really resonates with Hisp