Setting the Record Straight: Latinos Voted Democratic at 2-1 Margin
DLOV celebrates achievement, calls for more investment in outreach
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia is today celebrating its work to drive out the Latino vote for Terry McAuliffe at a 2-1 margin while also calling for increased investment in voter outreach to this community.
“All figures and data show that Latinos showed up and made their voices heard! The work that the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia did this cycle to highlight the voice of Latinos from all corners of the Commonwealth shows just how important our voice and vote is, and there is data to back this up. We knocked on doors, made calls, and proved that the issues that matter most to Latinos are the same issues that matter most to Virginians everywhere. Together we must continue to move Virginia forward and ensure that we not only keep but build on the progress made in Richmond. So, let’s get the facts straight: Latinos showed up in support of our Democratic ticket,” said DLOV President Jonathan Dromgoole.
Exit polls from Edison Research from the Washington Post showed that Latinos were voting Democratic at a higher rate than 2020, with Terry McAuliffe receiving 66 percent of the Latino vote and Joe Biden receiving 61 percent of the Latino vote. With the exception of AAPI voters, this was the largest Democratic shift among any racial or ethnic group. In fact, Latinos and AAPI Virginians were the only racial groups to vote more Democratic than they did in 2020. Particularly notable was that 75 percent of Latina women voted for Terry McAuliffe.
While Fox News claims that Latinos voted for the GOP by a substantial margin, pollster Matt Barreto told POLITICO that “the so-called exit poll that Fox News is promoting has a clear Election Day bias and way too large of a Republican sample. The Edison news consortium exit poll appears to have a much more balanced sample of mail voters, early voters and Election Day voters, and that poll suggested Latinos voted Democrat at well over a 2-to-1 margin.”
Dromgoole added that “Latinos make up nearly 11% of the population of the Commonwealth and it is time we not only acknowledge the power of the Latino vote but invest in it as well. Democrats must continue to expand the electorate to win future elections. We cannot ignore the importance of the vote from this diverse community, and we cannot take it for granted even though Latinos are increasingly voting Democratic.”