By Thomas Madison
One of the arguments I hear most in objection to Donald Trump becoming the eventual GOP presidential candidate is that minorities will never vote for him. Can we now suspend that ridiculous non-argument?
Based upon the feedback I receive on this website, it has become clear that Donald Trump’s voter appeal is very deep and very broad, not simply among moderate Republicans, but all demographics, including, very importantly, Hispanics and African-Americans, as well as independents and a yuuuuuuuge segment of disgruntled Democrats!
According to entrance polling (graphic below) during the Nevada GOP caucus, 9% of those voting were Hispanic, 44% of which chose Donald Trump. A combined 47% voted for Rubio and Cruz, 29% and 18% respectively.
This could be big trouble for both Rubio and Cruz, but especially Cruz, who is now virtually tied with Trump in Cruz’s Hispanic-heavy home state of Texas. According to the latest RCP poll, Trump enjoys a 21-point lead in Rubio’s home state of Florida.
From Adam Balough, prntly.com
Donald Trump won among Hispanic voters in Nevada, according to entrance polls released from Tuesday night’s caucuses, fulfilling an oft-repeated campaign pledge.
The GOP presidential front-runner, who coasted to an easy victory in the Silver State, won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to MSNBC’s entrance polls, topping Marco Rubio’s 29 percent and Ted Cruz’s 18 percent.
Both Rubio and Cruz are Cuban-American.
Entrance polls are not always precise, but Trump used the news to bolster his claims that he’s attracting a broad coalition of support as he addressed his supporters in a victory speech Tuesday night.
“You know what I am really happy about? I’ve been saying it for a long time: 46 percent with Hispanics, No 1. with Hispanics,” he said.
Trump has received significant criticism from Hispanic organizations for his harsh rhetoric on immigration and for saying most Mexican immigrants bring rape and other crime to the U.S.
Polls throughout the fall showed Trump with a dismal favorability rating among Hispanics nationally. But despite those numbers and the blowback that he’s faced, Trump has repeatedly pledged that he would win over Hispanic voters.