By Evelyn Perez-Verdia
Strategists on both sides of their political machines are going crazy—some of them secretly kicking their behind for the many years that they have said that Hispanics do not vote. The years I heard: “Do not pay attention to them, do not do anything to attract them. It is useless, they do not vote.” Some of those “politico aficionados” will pay the price for this. According to Florida Election Voter Stats Guru, Dan Smith, Hispanic turnout in Florida is exceeding their voter turnout at this same time in 2012.
Latinos will be a key factor
The final voter registration numbers in Florida found on the Florida Division of Elections website show that there are 501,344 Hispanic Republicans, 737,589 Hispanic Democrats and 634,236 Hispanics with No Party Affiliation (Independents), which I like to call: the persuadables. One candidate who will be affected is Florida U.S. Senate Candidate, Patrick Murphy who just started his Spanish ads a month ago. It was suggested to him a year ago on how important the Latino vote was in this election.
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Going back to Clinton, According to stats found by Politico’s Marc Caputo, the Democratic presidential nominee has a 60 percent to 30 percent advantage over Trump with Florida Hispanics. Thankful to the Boricua’s she must be! Without Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes the presidential candidates can say good-bye to the “Casa Blanca” (White House). Also, due to the Cuban-American conservative vote, her favorability numbers with Hispanics are lower here Than in other states. The increase of Latino voters who are casting votes, is the moment where Hillary Clinton must thank the man that made this happen for her and say: “Gracias, Sr. Trump.” An increase in Hispanics voting is based on the fear many Hispanics have that Trump be the next president. It is a daily conversation and it is seen in the polls.
Democrats must be saying “Gracias a Dios” (Thank God) it was not Bilingual Marco Rubio as the many emails that WikiLeaks unveiled showed Democrats feared him as a presidential candidate, which was clear when Clinton named Rubio, and not the other 16 candidates in the beginning of the race. Or possibly a candidate like Jeb Bush, with the right intentions, and his mother Barbara Bush who is loved by America and who says that she cannot understand how any woman could vote for Donald Trump. At the end of the day, the election may be so close, I believe it will be decided by women and Independents.
TV Reality o Telenovelas?
However, we must analyze that when the average American watches 6-8 hours of television a day, didn’t we get what we wanted? It was the charismatic man who has spent the entire election making us laugh, to then become concerned as others felt they were finally part of something. Then we felt that we entered the Twilight Zone. Then came the acceptance that our country would possibly be lead by a TV Reality Star and a man that in France they would see as “Le Americaine” who talks to them in English and asks them where there is a McDonalds, or a KFC in Paris. Then all your friends in other countries who are constantly watching say to you that America is finally like the movie Idiocracy.
Lloro Por Ti, Republicano (I cry for you Republican)
My heart goes out to all of my Republican friends who cry themselves at night, as they see this beautiful dream of what a small government America would be with support for small businesses, as it gets trampled by talks about female parts and small hands. For those who wore the Reagan shirts with pride. For those who have Abraham Lincon mugs that say: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” I suggest that it is time to change those mugs this year to when Lincoln said: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” A lesson that our demographics will not change, and different cultural communities must be included and feel invited within the GOP. According to the pollsters of Latino Decisions, 44% of Hispanics feel that the GOP is more hostile to them than the 22% that felt the same in 2012. I believe all hope is not lost as we see a younger generations of Republicans being more lenient on LGBT issues or becoming more moderate. If they can convince enough Republicans and Independents, they will be ok.
Some still have hope, as some intelligent fervent Hispanic Republicans will still vote for Trump, because for them there are higher points at stake like the security of this country, the Supreme Court Justice choices, their fear of “pay for play” in the White House, or they just really, REALLY dislike Hillary Clinton. But there are other Republicans who are in the limelight, with mothers, wives, and daughters who must step aside or they will also be secretly punished in the ballot box by the women who vote more than men since 1980.
As we look at the positives, we have been working for years for the 27 million Latinos who are eligible to vote to wake up. This is the first year that those Latinos who told me that they did not care about politics, are in line to vote, to make a statement. They send their pictures and they take their friends who did not want to vote. It has opened the eyes of Muslim American communities who are targeted and hated as they pay the price for the work of the extremists in their religion. Or the Asian-Americans who have suffered by the lack of educations of culture. They have decided to come out. To the Black vote that finally saw victory in 2008 with an African-American President becoming the leader of the United States of America, and know that racism is alive and must vote against it. To the many White Anglo Saxons like my 70 year old father from Kentucky who has never asked me about politics, and questions the current rhetoric as he says to me: “But we are country of immigrants, we all come from everywhere.” For the women who have had to accept to be called a “minority” when females are 51% of the U.S. population and vote in higher numbers? To the Republicans who are ashamed of what their party has become. For all these different minority groups, vengeance is sweet, and it comes in the form of a secret ballot, which I believe will be the “adios” factor for Donald Trump.
Processed, not digested
Senior writer for Politico Magazine, Michael Grunwald recently quoted a millennial in South Florida who said he was undecided about who to vote for. His quote could describe something key felt by undecided eligible voters in America, but still not digested: “Adrian described the general election as choice between a woman who embodies everything wrong with politics and a man who embodies everything wrong with humanity.” This mass sentiment and voter turnout is showing the way. Sorry, Mr.Trump, but these factors show you will have to concede as you give a bow and end your performance.
As the world watches, the current momentum shows that Hillary Clinton will become the 45th and first female president of the most influential country in the world. It will not be easy. It will be very tough after the damage this election has caused on America. But key votes in key states point to her, no matter if we like it or not, and she has Donald Trump to thank. Unless something completely unexpected happens in the next days that makes the white vote go vote in masses on Election Day, many minorities will wish they had voted as America elects Donald Trump.
Check out what JJ Rendon, a recognized political strategist in Latin America said in 2014 about Donald Trump:
Can it still happen? In this election, we have learned that anything is possible. Go out and vote, if not, someone will vote for you. Do not take it for granted.