The campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is launching an aggressive effort to recruit more Hispanic and Latino candidates next year to compete in open seats or swing districts with Republican incumbents.
why it matters: U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), who chairs the CHC BOLD PAC, told Nerdshala that he believes running more Hispanic Democratic candidates could increase Latino voter participation and maintain Democratic control of the House of Representatives. Mid-term blue wall prospects for holding may increase.
- But some districts will be shaped by a decade-long redistribution process in the coming months.
- With only a handful of votes in control, the House of Representatives, Democrats are concerned as Republicans have made some gains with Hispanic voters. in 2020.
What are they saying: “We are winning or losing a lot of these swing districts by a really small margin,” Gallego told Nerdshala. “In a lot of swing districts, we are seeing somewhere between 20% Latino, sometimes 50% or even more Latino (voters), which can change the outcome.”
- Gallego told Nerdshala that PAC has begun recruiting with a plan to tailor individual candidates to fit the newly selected districts — and when it comes to candidate ideology, the approach is pragmatic.
- “We don’t just go looking for progressives or moderates or conservatives,” he said. “We want to make sure we get the right Latinos and Democrats to win the district.”
big picture: advocacy group Latino vote Held power summit Last week civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and Georgia voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams featured inspiring Latino activists and training advocates on voter outreach.
- The Democratic Congressional Campaigns Committee is sending 48 organizing directors around the US to promote “strategic access and building trust” among communities of minority voters in the midterm battleground states. AP reported in July And DCCC spokesman, Adrian Ing-Gastelm, confirmed to Nerdshala.
- NRCC spokesman Michael McAdams said the GOP would portray Democrats as having a “socialist agenda focused on saving the police, opening our borders and raising taxes”, and predicted the image would be “toxic” with many Hispanic voters.
- Rep. Henry Kueller (D-Texas), whose district runs from the outskirts of San Antonio to the Rio Grande, told Nerdshala in November that oil jobs were threatened by “police defiance” rhetoric and progressive climate considerations, which have in the past. President Donald Trump’s performance was boosted. Traditionally in blue, largely Latino in the counties in their state.
- Last year, Republican Yvette Herrell defeated then-Rep. Xochil Torres Smalls, a Democrat, in a conservative-leaning district in southern New Mexico. At least one progressive Hispanic Democrat has said he would Challenge Representative Harrell Next year.
By numbers: The US House has 47 Hispanic members, including two non-voting representatives and the Resident Commissioner, Peru. Congressional Research Service. About 3 out of 4 are Democrats.
- There are six Hispanic senators; Four Democrats and two Republicans.
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