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Trump is targeting the Latino vote in 2024 as rivals meet to debate in Miami

Trump is targeting the Latino vote in 2024 as rivals meet to debate in Miami

Donald Trump, the front-runner to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the 2024 elections, will hold a rally in suburban Miami on Wednesday to appeal to Hispanic voters, who are considered important to victory next year, while his rivals in the party gather to debate again without him. .

Campaign spokesman Stephen Cheung said the rally in Hialeah, a Cuban-American stronghold, was partly aimed at boosting Trump’s support among Florida’s Latinos. Trump’s support among the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group of American voters increased during his 2020 campaign.

The locations of both events — with the debate taking place a half-hour apart in Miami-Dade County — underscore the potential of Trump and his rivals with a demographic increasingly disillusioned with cultural and economic policies on the left.

“We have won over a lot of voters and they keep coming to us,” said Christian Ziegler, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, referring to the 2020 and 2022 elections.

“That’s why you see the announcement of the debate and the gathering place there.”

Miami-Dade is the most populous county in Florida and is home to 1.5 million voting-age Latinos. Democrat Hillary Clinton won the district over Trump by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016. Trump narrowed that margin to 7 percentage points against Democrat Joe Biden in 2020.

Ron DeSantis won the district in his 2022 re-election campaign for governor, winning 65% of the Hispanic vote in a landslide victory that signaled a massive shift toward Republicans in just six years.

Now Trump is counting on Hispanic voters to help him defeat DeSantis, who is a distant second in polls for the Republican nomination, while also seeking to secure their support for a potential general election rematch with Biden in November 2024.

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This is part of a broader attempt by Trump to expand a base built on white and rural voters.

In addition to the party’s gains with the Latino community, polls published this week by The New York Times and Siena College show that 22% of black voters in six battleground states support Trump, a level not reached by any Republican presidential candidate in the United States. .The modern era.

Democrats are concerned about the erosion of their lead with Latino voters since the 2020 election, when Trump won a larger share of those votes — 32% — than any Republican since President George W. Bush nearly two decades ago.

In a September Reuters/Ipsos poll, 38% of Hispanic respondents said they would vote for Biden, while 36% chose Trump. This appears to be a troubling trend for Biden, who beat Trump by about 20 points among Hispanic voters in 2020, according to an analysis of polling data by Pew Research.

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