Just ahead of Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton scored a key endorsement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus PAC. The PAC, which is the fastest growing and one of the most robust Democratic organizations promoting Latino and Hispanic diversity in politics, including House and Senate elections. There are currently 26 active members, all Democrats. No Republicans are members.
The caucus leaders, Reps. Linda Sanchez (CA), Michelle Luján Grisham (NM), Joaquín Castro (TX) and Ruben Gallego (AZ) have all personally endorsed Clinton already, and the PAC president, Tony Cardenas, has also given Clinton the green light for support. In total, 18 of the 26 members have endorsed Clinton, while one has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona.
Rep. Ray Ben Lujan, who is a member of the caucus, is also a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and has endorsed Clinton also.
The CHC’s endorsement is seen as mostly symbolic, but will certainly bolster Democratic standing as the Hispanic and Latino vote are seen as key demographics to a blue victory in November. With GOP frontrunner Donald Trump having a large net negative with Hispanic voters, Democrats seem perfectly poised to win big. According to a Washington Post poll, 8 in 10 Hispanic voters have an unfavorable view of Trump, which includes more than 7 in 10 who have a “very unfavorable” view. When compared to Hillary Clinton in a general matchup, Trump does the worst of any current GOP hopeful with Hispanic voters, including Cruz, Rubio, Carson and Kasich.
If the election were between Clinton and Trump, 73 percent of Hispanics would vote for Clinton and 16 percent for Trump, which would be the lowest support for any modern Republican.
So whoever the Democratic nominee is, be it Clinton or Sanders, they are in a good position.
In the Nevada caucuses, which Clinton won by 5.5 percent, Sanders won the majority of the Hispanic vote 53-45 while Clinton won over the non-white vote in general 56-42.
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