Political action committee will promote the Latino vote in key states for this year's election
Group led by former Los Angeles mayor seeks to promote the Latino vote and defeat Trump in the elections.
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WASHINGTON.- Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and businessman Fernando Espuelas announced Monday the launch of a "political action committee" to promote the Latino vote and defeat President Donald Trump in the November elections.
The committee, named "American Latinos United" (ALU), has the sole strategic objective of reducing the proportion of Hispanics who sympathize with Trump by lowering that preference from 25% to 30% of voters in that community, the project said.
According to the Pew Center, the states with the highest proportion of Latinos authorized to vote in 2016 were New Mexico, with 40.4% of all citizens eligible to vote, Texas (28.1%), California (28%) , Arizona (21.5%), Nevada (17; 2%), Colorado (14.5%) and New York (13.8%).
But even in other states, where the proportion of Latinos authorized to vote is much lower, their vote can be decisive when the contest is very close and the decision results in the number of delegates to the Electoral College, which is where the final determination is made. presidential victory.
Therefore, ALU will focus much of its efforts on Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, whose delegations to the Electoral College may prove crucial in November.
"Trump captured about 30% of the Hispanic vote in 2016," said ALU Espuelas, one of the pioneers of internet expansion in Latin America and co-founder of StarMedia, in a statement.
"If it falls below that threshold in 2020, the key disputed states will be out of reach," he said.
How could any Latina or Latino vote for Trump?
– Erich Baier (@ ErichBaier1) January 13, 2020
Different polls show that in the last three months of 2019 Trump's popularity among Latinos was between 25% and 30% of respondents, far from 50% support for the president among whites.
A problem that ALU must face is the low participation of Latinos who have the right to vote but do not attend to do so, and the numbers of concurrence in the legislative elections of November 2018 give rise to optimism.
In the 2014 legislative elections, according to Pew, only 26.9% of Latinos eligible to vote did so, and two years later, halfway in the Trump Presidency, that participation rose to 40.2%, this It is about 11.7 million people.
In November, some 32 million Latinos are expected to vote, being for the first time the largest minority in the United States.
"Our country is on a precipice," said Villaraigosa, who was mayor of Los Angeles between 2005 and 2013 and lost the election for governor of California in 2018. "Trump's incompetence and corruption threaten our democracy and the American way of life "
Trump, on the other hand, launched in September, during a political act in New Mexico, his own campaign to court the Hispanic vote, called “Latinos por Trump”, with which he intends to increase his sympathies among a minority that he does not usually like his rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies.
And that low affinity was already evident in the 2016 presidential election, when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received 65% of the Latino vote.
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