The Hollywood-type phenomenon of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to roll. Opinion polls are now showing Trump performing much better with Hispanic voters, as GOP nominee Mitt Romney did in 2012.
Naturally, this type of news is keeping the midnight oil burning at Hillary for President Headquarters, where everything but the popping of champagne bottles indicated a massive landslide six-weeks ago. It’s something that unsettles Democrats and surprises even some Republicans.
The liberal media suggested that Trump would suffer a blowout among Hispanics, given that his rhetoric, on illegal immigration in particular, has been controversial. Early in his quest for the presidency, Trump was outspoken about deporting mass numbers of illegal Mexicans and building a wall at Mexico’s expense.
But, as of Tuesday, Trump is outperforming Romney in 2012, both with Hispanics and African-Americans. Has the Democratic message begun to land on deafening ears? Is Trump becoming a candidate who indicates real change for their everyday lives?
The answer can be seen in Nevada where President Obama ran up a 47-point margin of victory among Hispanic voters in 2012, according to exit polls, defeating Romney 71 percent to 24 percent. A recent Marist poll in the state for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading among Hispanics, but by the smaller margin of 35 points, 65 percent to 30 percent. That is an astounding number.
Univision polls earlier this month surveying Hispanic voters in four battleground states, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Nevada, put Trump receiving a larger percentage than Romney in 2012. In Colorado, Clinton’s lead over Trump among Hispanics was smaller than Obama’s margin in that state in 2012.
Clinton is leading among Hispanics by 38 points. But Obama won the group by six points more in 2012, according to exit polls, according to Bloomberg News. Is Clinton’s strategy beginning to be filled with unfixable holes?
Chuck Rocha, a Hispanic Democratic strategist who worked as a consultant for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during this year’s Democratic primary Clinton has the right team in place and I think people will come home. Latino voters may not have come home yet.
Can Hillary expand upon Obama’s margins with Hispanic voters to make up for an apparent lack of enthusiasm among other traditional Democratic blocs including 18-35-year olds?
Republican Hispanic strategist Lionel Sosa said, “From what I am hearing, and from the information I am getting, there are possibly 20-25 percent of Latinos who will support Donald Trump. We do have very conservative Latinos who will vote for Republicans, no matter what. There is a base there, just as there is for any group.”
Sosa continued, “Latinos are disenchanted with Hillary Clinton after eight years of an Obama presidency where he promised immigration reform the first year, and he didn’t even come close to that,” he said.
Hillary is in bigger trouble than her fawning media counterparts are letting on. Much like the 1980 election between Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter, there is a strong undercurrent that could be further exposed next Monday night at the first national debate. Is this, like Carter, the beginning of the end despite her media enablers?