Latino Voters

September 30, 2022 • Volume 32, Issue 33
Will Republicans keep making inroads?
By Glen Justice


Latinos are a rising force in U.S. politics. At more than 62 million people, they are now the largest U.S. minority group — encompassing almost one in five Americans — and growing. Latinos are voting in record numbers, casting almost 17 million ballots in 2020, the highest level of Latino voter participation in U.S. history. In response, both political parties have stepped up efforts to appeal to Latinos. While most Latinos have historically voted Democratic, Republicans have made big strides recently, leading some to ask whether a realignment is taking place. They note that Donald Trump improved his standing among Latino voters in 2020 over his 2016 level. In congressional races, Republicans are recruiting Latino candidates and mounting challenges in key Democratic districts. Others say the voting shift has been minor and does not signal a significant trend for the future. The midterm election in November will be a bellwether for where Latino voters place their loyalties ahead of 2024 and beyond.

Photo of Latinos for Trump event in Orlando, Florida, on October 10, 2020. (Getty Images/NurPhoto/Paul Hennessy)
Participants rally at a Latinos for Trump event in Orlando, Fla., in 2020. While most Latinos have traditionally voted Democratic, Republican President Donald Trump improved his standing among them in 2020 over his 2016 level, leading some to ask if a political realignment is taking place. (Getty Images/NurPhoto/Paul Hennessy)
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Sep. 30, 2022  Latino Voters
Oct. 12, 2018  Election Security and Voting Rights
Nov. 04, 2016  The Obama Legacy
Oct. 29, 2010  Democrats' Future
Apr. 24, 2009  Judicial Elections
May 30, 2008  Changing U.S. Electorate Updated
Mar. 12, 2004  Redistricting Disputes
Nov. 02, 2001  Election Reform
Oct. 20, 2000  Low Voter Turnout
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