The latest poll results coming out of the vital battleground state of Florida shows the GOP is getting resoundingly thrashed thanks to surging numbers in support of Hillary Clinton.
In a historic 30-point margin among Florida Hispanics, Clinton is beating out Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a bipartisan poll.
No wonder the GOP is so terrified of immigrants.
According to POLITICO, Clinton’s lead with Florida Hispanics, 60 percent to 30 percent, is driven mainly by support by voters of Puerto Rican heritage, who favor the Democrat over the Republican by 71 percent to 19 percent.
This contrasts with failing support for Donald Trump by Hispanics of Cuban descent, who have traditionally voted along more conservative lines and supported Republican candidates. Cuban-Americans support Trump by only 49 percent, with 42 percent for Clinton. Hispanic voters in Florida from other national origins also prefer Clinton by 71 percent to 20 percent.
Fernand Amandi of Bendixen & Amandi, one of the agencies that ran the poll, said:
‘The share of the Hispanic vote is growing every election and this will be the third presidential election in Florida where Hispanics trend heavily against the GOP.
‘And if that continues, it could turn Florida into the next California in future presidential elections, a blue anchor state.’
Florida carries 29 Electoral College votes, making the state a must-win for Republicans to off-balance the traditionally blue California with 55 electoral votes, and the left-leaning New York, with 29 electoral votes; both states are sure strongholds for Democratic candidates.
Amandi notes that Florida’s lean to the left will have serious, even “terrifying” consequences for the Republican Party on a national basis for years to come:
‘These Florida numbers are not only ominous for Donald Trump — they’re downright terrifying for Republicans nationwide.’
Although many state Republicans believed that second-generation Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio could maintain the bridge between the GOP and the Hispanic community, Rubio is losing the Latino vote to Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy, with only 44 percent of the Hispanic vote compared to Murphy’s 50 percent. Rubio was recently booed offstage at a public festival by a mainly Puerto Rican audience because of the incumbent senator’s support for racist, anti-immigration Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Hispanic voters account for nearly 16 percent of registered and active Florida voters and have cast about 14 percent of the early and absentee votes in the swing state as of Thursday morning.
Florida’s Hispanic population has become increasingly Democratic as Puerto Ricans immigrate from the financially troubled island, and as older Cuban-Americans pass away. Second and third generation Cuban-Americans, younger and more liberal than their parents and grandparents, are more likely to vote for Democrats.
Republicans from districts with large Hispanic populations are even keeping their distance from Trump to avoid association. Rubio refuses to campaign with Trump, and Miami-Dade’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Cuban-American and a Republican, told the Miami Herald that he was voting for Hillary Clinton.
In states where the historically Republican Cuban-American populations are much smaller, Clinton is beating Trump with Hispanic voters by even larger margins.
Amandi says the increasingly Democratic Florida is a result of the Republican Party’s block of meaningful immigration reform and its dismissal of Hispanic voters:
‘The Republican Party has an unwillingness to learn the lessons of 2008 and 2012. Donald Trump is a symptom of the Republican Party’s problem. He’s not the cause.’
The poll was conducted jointly conducted for Univision by the Republican-leaning Tarrance Group and the Democratic-leaning Bendixen & Amandi International and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.