Demographic doom for the GOP: is 2016 the year of Latino voters?


Last week La Bruja, the nativist former Arizona Gov. Jan “SB 1070” Brewer, told the Boston Globe:

cartoon_66Some Republicans dismissed the notion that Democratic-leaning Hispanics will become a significant enough force to tip the balance to Clinton.

Nah,” former Arizona governor Jan Brewer said in an interview. “They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.”

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Brewer, the state’s former governor, said immigration is such a big issue in the state that many voters will be receptive to Trump’s mantra of building a wall with Mexico.

It’s wishful thinking on their behalf,” she said. “Donald Trump is going to secure the border, and that is a very important issue in Arizona.’’

Hillary Clinton responded, Clinton to Latino organizers: Let’s prove Jan Brewer wrong with record turnout:

Hillary Clinton urged Hispanic campaign volunteers to ratchet up efforts to drive record Hispanic turnout in the election, citing as motivation the words of former Arizona governor Jan Brewer.

On a bilingual conference call with supporters on Wednesday night, Clinton reminded them that Brewer had dismissed the prospect that Clinton might win the election because Hispanic voters “don’t vote.”

“Former Arizona governor Jan Brewer said over the weekend that Republicans didn’t have to worry about the vote, Donald Trump didn’t have to worry about the election, because Latinos don’t get out to vote,” Clinton said. “Not only is that insulting, but she may not be paying attention.”

So let’s prove the former Arizona governor Jan Brewer is wrong and let’s make sure we have the biggest turnout of Latino voters in history,” she added.

Brewer’s comments to the Boston Globe instantly became what the campaign called “bulletin board material,” a source of motivation to push for higher turnout.

cartoon_67Clinton cited encouraging signs in early voting in Nevada and Florida that indicate high turnout among Democrats. The campaign has said that 133,000 Hispanic voters have already cast their ballot in Florida, a 99 percent increase over this point in 2012. And the campaign also said that early voting returns indicate strong turnout among Latinos and women, both groups they expect to lean toward Clinton.

Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s national political director, added that the campaign has been pleasantly surprised by the initial trends in early voting in states like Arizona and Texas, where Democrats had previously not had a shot at winning in presidential races.

So far, so good. Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states:

Early voting is surging in Arizona, normally a Republican state but one that Clinton has targeted. More than 616,000 ballots have been cast and Democrats are about even with Republicans, 37 percent to 38 percent. Another 25 percent were independent or unknown. At this point in 2012, Republicans led by more than 7 percentage points. Ballots rose in Arizona especially among younger adults and Latinos.

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  1. That was a dumb thing for Brewer to say. There was nothing to be gained by saying it and a lot to be lost. DUMB!

  2. where’s captain arizona when you need him he would have had something to say I hope he gets his wish and lots of latinos vote and he’s vindicated for saying for years the arizona democrats don’t care about mexicans

  3. The election may have just ended today as Comey displayed how crooked he is with the rest of the Republican far right. Perfect timing. I expected something from Wiki today and got what I expected to happen weeks ago once the FBI said they would trickle out more emails as the election approached. I fear a Trump victory at this point. Brilliant move on their part. Trump solidifies AZ, takes Florida, wins Ohio, NC, NH, and possibly Penn and Michigan. There’s the media’s and this elections October surprise! Done.

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