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Boosted by the Hispanic vote, Florida finished its gradual slide to the right, falling firmly into the grasp of a new conservative constituency in November 2022. Across the country, exit polls indicated the Hispanic midterm vote shifted by 10 points toward conservative candidates, and the liberal vote dropped by 5 points, profoundly affecting election outcomes.
Politicians and pollsters are now chasing the largest ethnic/racial minority group in the country. If Hispanics control the vote, do we also own the future? I think so.
Until the 2010 census, Hispanics were not even accurately counted as a separate group. Now, both major political parties heavily pursue this vote, breaking records in advertising spending.
Both major political parties heavily pursue the Hispanic vote, breaking records in advertising spending. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Nowhere was the Hispanic midterm vote more potent than Miami-Dade County, one of the largest Hispanic population centers in the country, second only to Harris County, home to Houston, Texas.
What makes Hispanics so influential? For one thing, we are the fastest-growing population in the nation, growing by 50% between 2010 and 2020. For another, we hold traditional values, honoring God,