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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
Arizona is turning out to be a potential battle zone for Democrats this election year, according to a report from Pew Research Center.
Democrats will be vying for the Latino vote this year more than possibly any other, and the Democratic Party is getting worried that Joe Biden’s campaign message is not reaching those voters, according to a Fox News report.
The article mentions, ‘But outreach is important. And as the Biden campaign has worked to keep its canvassing virtual — citing coronavirus health and safety concerns — the Trump campaign has continued knocking on doors.’
While it’s not known how many will actually vote in this year’s election, Pew Research Center states, “A record 29 million Latinos were eligible to vote in this year’s midterm elections, accounting for 12.8% of all eligible voters, a new high.”
Nationally, 62% of Latino registered voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party while 34% say the same about the Republican Party.
But it seems that election year can be as full of surprises as President Trump’s tweets.
It’s interesting to mention that Joe Biden has not yet visited Arizona this cycle. His running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, appeared at a virtual event in Arizona on Saturday. Jill Biden, the candidate’s wife, also held a virtual event last week in Arizona, according to azcentral.
President Trump has visited Arizona at least five times this year already.
For a state that’s historically Republican, Biden may have to make a move very soon in Arizona to get his message out and attempt to win the Latino vote.
Why? Because Trump’s actions and words, especially on immigration policies involving the border wall and the future of Dreamers — young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — have frequently drawn fire from Latinos.
TIME even has a video of all the time he’s insulted the Latino community:
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity,” Trump said as he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015, according to TIME. “And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
The azcentral report does mention the fact that ‘in August, the Biden campaign launched the Arizona Latino Leaders Council, a group of more than 30 Latino leaders tasked with engaging Latinos across the state.
The group includes U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, State House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, all of whom are co-chairs of the council.’