Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden has not yet chosen his running mate. He has said that he will select a woman, which is historical. Given that he will be 82-years-old at the end of his first term, that woman could slide right into the presidential slot. Still, Biden may have a big problem..
When black women come out to vote enthusiastically, they have made the difference between winning and losing in the presidential election. Thus far, four black women have been lifted up as possible choices: Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Representative Val Demmings (D-FL), near governor of Florida in the 2018 election Stacey Abrams, and former Barack Obama National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Susan Rice.
Here is where Biden’s troubles begin. He could also select Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) as his vice-presidential running mate.
Sixty-two percent of registered Latino voters said that they would vote for Biden, according to The Miami Herald. Twenty-one percent would go for Donald Trump. Biden only carried 49 percent in April. The only issue is a large undecided voting block of Latinos ranging between 17 percent to 29 percent depending upon the state.
Former Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), co-founder of SOMOS, and friend to former Vice President Joe Biden, Henry Muñoz said:
‘This isn’t an ask-people-for-their-vote moment; it’s a moment when we should be speaking to Americans about what they’re going through and reaching out to them and letting them know that we have their back, because the other party does not, and this president does not. He is killing us and not testing us and we’re losing jobs, and he’s taking care of insiders.’
Senior Politico Director of Latino Decisions Albert Morales said:
‘The polling data suggests it has been difficult for Democrats to get their message out. While Trump does not appear to be gaining traction, Latinos appear to be giving him the benefit of the doubt during an unprecedented pandemic. The good news for Democrats is that they have a presumptive nominee three months sooner than they did in 2016. Enough time to mount an offensive strategy.’
Latino Decisions handled the national poll of Latinos for the SOMOS Community Care, a network of New York physicians serving Latino and Asian immigrant communities.
The April poll showed that during the coronavirus pandemic, over 65 percent of Latinos either lost their jobs or had their income substantially reduced. In May, a full 25 percent of the Latinos interviewed knew someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Across the country in May, 44 percent of this voting block approve of the president’s response to the pandemic, 56 percent disapproved. In California, Biden took 72 percent versus only 21 percent for Trump. In Arizona, which is an important swing state, 63 percent for Biden versus Trump’s 15 percent. The president carried Arizona in 2016.
The April poll was conducted between April 7 and April 12 among over 1,200 Latinos across the nation. This latest poll was conducted between May 10 and May 16 among 1,829 Latinos. The April interview was conducted in English, 59 percent, and Spanish, 41 percent.
The margin-of-error was better in May with 2.3 +/- percentage points compared to 2.8 +/- last month.
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