Thirteen years ago, there were 700,000 more Democrats in Florida than Republicans. Today that advantage has fallen to just 23,055.
The GOP is closing the gap in the Sunshine State, and that is in large part thanks to Hispanic voters. More than 127,000 Hispanics have gone from Democrat to Republican since 2018. If this trend continues, Republicans will overtake Democrats in registration for the first time in state history.
As the 2022 midterm elections approach, this trend is emblematic of how we plan to take over Congress.
The truth is, Democrats have long taken minority voters for granted. Identity politics and critical race theory are at the heart of their efforts to dictate what issues they think voters should care about, which candidates they should support, and which party they should join.
But their praise of socialism and promises of government welfare fail to resonate with Hispanic voters in Florida, many of whom fled socialist and communist countries because of these very destructive ideologies.
Instead, they seek freedom and opportunity. They want a party that supports conservative policies like sanctity of life, hard work and patriotism.
And they find it in the GOP.
A recent battlefield poll found that a majority of Hispanic voters reject the pillars of the Democratic agenda as the 2022 midterm elections approach. Democrats to make voter identification illegal.
Eighty percent agree that public schools fail. And 72% agree that America must do what is necessary to control our southern border.
The poll also found that Hispanic voters value capitalism over socialism and fear their children will not have opportunities in the United States if our nation continues to follow the radical Democrats’ path.
In contrast, a recent Quinnipiac poll found that only 38% of Hispanic voters approve of the president. Joe bidenbecause he adopted these and many other dangerous policies.
It’s no wonder Hispanics are switching sides: Republican policies work.
Sub President Donald trump, the unemployment rate for Hispanics reached several record levels in 2019, notably below 4% for the first time in history. In addition, the median income of Hispanics rose by more than $ 5,000 in Trump’s first three years in office, reaching an all-time high.
In 2020, Trump won 38% of Hispanic voters, picking up an additional 10 points of support from 2016.
Republicans are working to keep that momentum going going forward. That’s why we are reaching out to minority voters by opening community centers in towns like Doral. These centers are a testament to our ongoing efforts to build lasting relationships with new voters and invest in their communities across the country.
It is more than politics. Being present in communities makes us a stronger party and helps us better represent the people we serve.
This is also the reason why we recruit a wide range of new candidates to run for office. In 2020, Republicans won 15 seats in the House of Representatives and added five new Hispanics to the ranks of Republicans in Congress.
Members of Congress love Mike garcia from California, Tony Gonzales from Texas, Nicole malliotakis from New York and Florida Carlos gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar bring new enthusiasm and new perspectives to the GOP. They shatter stereotypes and show Hispanic voters that they have more in common with the Republican Party than they realize.
The RNC uses its resources to tell personal stories of Hispanic Americans who are proud to be part of the Republican Party. Videos like our âFree of Fearâ series give them a platform to talk about their heritage, the issues that interest them and why they love this nation. Their testimonies are powerful. By highlighting these people, we shape the conversation and challenge the narrative that Hispanics owe allegiance to the Democratic Party.
As we look to November 8, 2022, we are confident about our prospects in Florida and across the country as voter values ââalign with the Republican Party – not the Democrats.
By making forays into new communities, the GOP looks forward to communicating our message of opportunity, patriotism and common sense.
Ronna mcdaniel is chairman of the Republican National Committee.