Latino vote significant in the midterm election

Latino vote significant in the midterm election

Letter to the Editor:

Are women and Latinos fired up? It’s historic. It’s our turn in having a say in changing the face of politics.

More than 100 women will join the U.S. House and Senate. There will be 42 Latinos in Congress next year, a new record. Thirty-three of 44 Latino Democratic candidates and seven of 15 Latino Republican candidates won their races. And about 64 percent of Latinos voted for Democratic Congressional candidates and 33 percent voted Republican.

Democrats were expected to win the House and struggle in the Senate, but that did not surprise anyone. But on Tuesday one thing challenged the conventional wisdom expressed by many experts and prognostics: The Latino turned out.

Stories in the weeks before the election suggested the sleeping giant of Latino voters would stay in its slumber through 2018. Surprisingly the exit polls showed 11 percent of the electorate nationally this year was Latino. That was up from 8 percent in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 midterms.

One of the most searched terms during Tuesday’s election was “donde votar,” which translates to “where to vote.”

The 2018 midterms have seemingly galvanized Hispanics across the United States with their enthusiasm. In this election we concentrated our efforts at mobilizing Latinos. We did not expect to wake up Wednesday and say, “Oh my goodness, every Latino turned out.” But we saw a big push, and that was encouraging to us to start working hard toward 2020.

Today the House belongs to the people, and Democrats couldn’t be more proud and perhaps excited to go into 2019 and fight for our country, our values and against the Hate Wave. We never back down. We must plan to protect and expand individual freedom in 2019.

Lupe Williams


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