As we move ever closer to voting day for the 2016 presidential election the issue of race has become a recurring theme. In their quest for a majority of electoral votes frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to disappoint large voting blocs such as blacks and Latinos. Currently Hispanics in America outnumber blacks with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.
With such large numbers of eligible voters many pundits predict that this demographic could play a significant role in deciding the election. For this reason the power of the Latino electorate could be the center of your next research paper.
Who is the Hispanic electorate?
Alan Gomez examined findings of a recent Pew Research report in a January 19, 2016, article for USAToday.com, “Hispanic vote will reach record high in 2016.”
According to the report, the Hispanic electorate will reach a high of 27 million eligible voters in 2016. About 44 percent of those eligible are millennials born after 1980. Although large in numbers, millennials typically don’t register to vote or participate in elections.
The big question is whether this year will be different. Many think that may be the case because the numbers of Hispanic voters in swing states Florida, Nevada and Colorado have risen dramatically. And the number of Hispanic voters with a bachelor’s degree has been rising
Republican candidates continue to run on a platform that seems to ignore the concerns of Latinos in America. While Donald Trump has referred to Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” all GOP candidates call for more deportations and the completion of a wall on the southwest border.
Another key factor that could impact Hispanic voter turnout is President Obama’s plan to protect as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Supreme Court will hear the case this June when both parties will be ramping up their conventions.
“Whether the Court upholds Obama’s program or strikes it down, the decision could spur a Hispanic community that has been the fastest-growing demographic group in the country for decades,” Gomez said.
Latino research paper resources
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On the subject of the Hispanic electorate you’ll find the book, New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America, by Marisa A. Abrajano and R. Michael Alvarez.
“The biggest challenge is that Hispanics, overall, do not share a linked fate based on a common history—primarily because ‘Hispanic,’ or ‘Latino,’ is a socially constructed pan-ethnic label developed by the U.S. Census (Espiritu 1992; Skerry 1997). No shared history exists that is easily comparable to the experiences of Blacks for all the individuals who are placed in the category of Hispanic or Latino,” the authors stated.
It is this distinct diversity within the Hispanic community that has been lost on the media coverage of this year’s election.
The Trump effect
According to Carmen Cusido the mainstream media has failed to take into account the wide diversity within the Hispanic community. While immigration ranks as the top issue of interest Hispanics also care deeply about economic opportunities, education and union rights.
In her January 30, 2016, article for NBCNews.com, “The Latino Vote In 2016: Here Are 5 Takeaways,” Cusido explained how the one key factor that may motivate Latino voters in this year’s election is the rhetoric of Donald Trump.
Paraphrasing former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson the article said, “Republicans, he said, are ‘doomed’ with the Latino vote because voters will remember what Trump has said and that perception may carry over to whomever will be on the Republican presidential ticket.”
Richardson went on to state that the Democrats would have more of a fight if the GOP could get over its bias on immigration and start talking about the issues of concern to Hispanic voters.
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