Bloomberg editors say GOP popularity with Latino voters in Florida is a ‘big deal’ for Democrats
Bloomberg editors published an op-ed on Friday that highlighted Republicans’ gains among Latino voters and the problems that could cause the Democratic Party if the trend continues.
The editorial titled “The beating of the Democrats in Florida is a cautionary tale,” said the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio’s blowout victories in the Sunshine State as evidence of Republican gains.
“As much as Democrats might want to gloat over the results of last week’s midterm elections — one of the best recent results for the ruling party — they can’t ignore the beatings they’ve taken in Florida, a field long-running purple-colored battlefield that has now turned solid red,” the editors wrote.
“Without a quick assessment of what went wrong, the party risks losing the country’s third most populous state for the foreseeable future,” they added.
The 2022 midterm elections saw the Democrats lose the House of Representatives but retain control of the Senate, regardless of the outcome of the Georgia Senate runoff election. However, Republicans around the country are hoping GOP nominee Herschel Walker will secure a seat in the Georgia Senate to keep the Democratic majority slim and empower moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin, W. Va., and Kyrsten Sinema. as a bulwark against the pluses of the Biden administration. extreme points on the agenda.
However, in Florida, which saw former President Trump increase his margin of victory from 1.2% in 2016 to 3.3% in 2020, Republicans have done well across the board. DeSantis, who won his gubernatorial election in 2018 by just 0.4%, widened his margin of victory in 2022 to 19.4%.
Bloomberg editors pointed out that DeSantis and Rubio even won Miami-Daide County in Florida, a typical Democratic stronghold.
“Not only did Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio easily win re-election, but they both beat their opponents in Miami-Dade, the state’s most populous county with 2.7 million people, including more than two-thirds are Hispanic,” they wrote. “In doing so, they underscored an awkward trend: Democrats’ brand with Latino voters is collapsing in Florida — and showing worrying signs nationally.”
The editors pointed to Republican voter registration campaigns among immigrants from countries like Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as part of a winning strategy for the GOP.
They also deplored the reactions to DeSantis transporting illegal immigrants in other states to remind the Democratic Party that Latinos are not a monolithic voting bloc.
“Even DeSantis’ most egregious stunt — sending a plane full of Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts — drew strong Latino support,” the editors wrote. “This should remind Democrats that Hispanics are not a monolith and immigration is not their defining issue. In fact, a recent survey found that immigration ranked ninth among Latinos’ concerns, behind the economy, education, violent crime, etc.
They continued, “In trying to reverse these trends, Democrats must stop taking Latinos for granted and start focusing on what really matters to them.”
Editors also criticized the Democratic Party’s continued use of the term “LatinX” — and its unpopularity among Latinos — as an example of the out-of-touch party.