Trump Won More Latino Votes than Romney in 2012

Unexpectedly, Latino voters in Florida, a critical state to win the election, favored Trump in a greater margin than in other states.

Donald Trump secured more Latino votes than Republican candidate Mitt Romney did in his 2012 presidential bid, reports show.


According to a CNN exit poll, Trump won 29 percent of the Latino vote, compared to Romney's 27 percent in 2012. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton failed to win as much support from Latinos as President Barack Obama. Sixty-five percent of Latinos voted for Clinton, compared to 71 percent who voted for Obama when he won his second election.

Hispanic voters represented 11 percent of the electorate this year, up from 10 percent in 2012. The white electorate dropped slightly since the last presidential election, from 72 percent to 70 percent.

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While Latinos voted for Clinton over Trump, Latinos in Florida showed more support for Trump than in other states, FiveThirtyEight reported:

Arizona — 84-12

California — 80-16

Colorado — 81-16

Florida — 67-31

Illinois — 86-10

Nevada — 81-16

North Carolina — 82-15

New York — 88-10

Ohio — 80-17

Texas — 80-16

Virginia — 81-15

Wisconsin — 87-10

More than half of Latino voters have voted Democratic since at least 1980, according to Pew Research Center. But the percent that vote Republican has shifted back and forth. Although Romney in 2012 and Sen. John McCain in 2008 both failed to secure nearly as much Latino support as Obama, President George W. Bush performed somewhat better both times he ran for president. In 2000 he had 35 percent of the Latino vote (compared to Al Gore's 62 percent) and in 2004 that went up to 40 percent (compared to 58 percent for John Kerry).

Many Latino groups held largely unfavorable views of Trump throughout his candidacy amid his frequent attacks against the Latino community. A poll of Latinos in Florida conducted by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a nonprofit group with a 91.36 score on Charity Navigator, had seemed to indicate a Clinton victory for this demographic when asked opinions about specific issues.

The survey asked respondents from Florida and Texas questions regarding Medicaid; which 80 percent of Floridians and 81 percent of Texans said states should expand:

If one candidate supported [state] accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid, while the other candidate opposed expanding Medicaid and prefers that [state] rejects the federal funds, which candidate would you be more likely to support?

State Candidate who Wants to Expand Medicaid Candidate who Opposes Medicaid Expansion Don't Know
Florida 78% 15% 7%

Trump's plan states that the federal government should not be involved with Medicaid in individual states.

In contrast, on Clinton's website, her healthcare platform stated she would "fight for health insurance for the lowest-income Americans in every state by incentivizing states to expand Medicaid — and make enrollment through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act easier."

Other Demographics

Despite Trump's repeated attacks against minorities and women, Clinton did not garner as much support from these groups as Obama did during his second bid for the presidency. Ninety-three percent of Blacks voted for Obama in 2012, versus 88 percent for Clinton this year.

For women, Obama had slightly more support — 55 percent — than Clinton — 54 percent. More women still voted for Clinton than Trump, though, who earned just 42 percent of the women vote.

Asian voters made up a small portion of the electorate at just 4 percent. However, they did not favor Clinton as much as Obama in 2012. Sixty-five percent of Asians voted for Clinton, compared to 73 percent for Obama four years ago.

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