Florida offers warning for Democrats about Hispanic voters

Florida Offers Warning For Democrats About Hispanic Voters - I4Dtg2Siwui6Zmc5Hs45S3Vusu

Florida has become the worst-case scenario for Democrats, a glaring warning about other states if the party does not aggressively court Hispanic voters

October 9, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

Jan Mendez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, gives David Bolivar, who is from Colombia, a haircut at the Visionary Barbershop in Kissimmee, Fla. on Aug. 31. (Octavio Jones/For The Washington Post)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The first major indicator that Democrats might be losing their hold on the Hispanic community here came during Sen. Bill Nelson’s 2018 reelection bid.

Gov. Rick Scott, his Republican challenger, was making inroads with Puerto Rican voters after his engaged response to Hurricane Maria. Hispanic political strategists tried to sound the alarm, warning the Democratic Party committee in Washington that Nelson’s outreach to the Hispanic community was close to nonexistent. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee told them not to worry, according to people who took part in the discussions:…

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This article was written by Marianna Sotomayor and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com