Quarter of Latino voters in midterms elections say they’ve voted for the first time
NBC News Exit Poll reported on Tuesday, Nov. 6 that Hispanic voters have the highest number of first-time midterm voters by 27 percent. Following behind them are Black first-time voters at 18 percent, and White voters at 12 percent.
Latino voters have been pushed to vote, with issues like immigration and healthcare as many campaigns’ focus.
“We’ve seen a more concerted effort at mobilizing Latinos” this election, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a political scientist and lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin in an article by Suzanne Gamboa published by NBC News.
“Donde votar,” the Spanish phrase for “where to vote,” was the highest trending search on Google in the U.S. Tuesday morning.
“Forty-two percent of Hispanic Democrats said they were ‘certain’ to vote, up from 29 percent in 2014. Among likely Hispanic voters, 60 percent said they will vote for a Democratic candidate for the House, and 32 percent would back a Republican,” Reuters and Haaretz reported Sunday.