Poll finds Latino voters being ignored

Sep 20, 2016, 5:21 AM
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PHOENIX — A new poll finds Latino voters are being ignored by political parties in the run-up to the presidential election.

With just under two months before the election, pollster “Latino Decisions” found that more than 60 percent of Latinos say they have not been contacted by a campaign or political party.

James Garcia of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said that’s a mistake because the Latino vote is going to matter.

“I’m convinced that on a national scale, as well as in Arizona, that Latino voters in this election cycle are going to have a substantial impact, and then it’s going to change the view about what parties should be doing in the future to cater to and to address the concerns of this community,” Garcia said.

The poll found that if the election were held today, more than 70 percent of Latino voters would vote for Hillary Clinton.

Garcia said Latinos are expected to cast ballots in November, in big numbers.

“I think what we’re going to see is substantial turn-out this year among the Latino community. I think you’re going to see them turning out in key races such as Florida and Arizona and Nevada and Colorado. And you’re going to see them out there in numbers that are going to be decisive.”

Garcia said Latinos are very interested in the outcome of this election, and the number of Latinos who have registered to vote since the last presidential election has increased substantially.

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Poll finds Latino voters being ignored