'Forward Latino' reveals new midterm election data focusing on the Hispanic vote in Wisconsin
WISCONSIN (CBS 58) --The nonprofit organization 'Forward Latino' revealed new data on how Hispanics in Wisconsin voted during the midterm.
According to the organization, they reached out to more than 66,000 eligible Latino voters across the state of Wisconsin. President and CEO of Forward Latino, Darryl Morin, told CBS 58 that their "Mi Voto Cuenta" or "My Vote Counts" campaign, has been their most aggressive one yet.
"For so many years, Latinos hadn't turned out as much in the numbers that they should have because they thought that their voice didn't make a difference," he said.
Initial polling data shows that about 72% of Latinos in Wisconsin casted their ballots this midterm election season, with an overwhelming majority leaning Democrat.
"There's been so much talk with the 'Latino vote' and if it was going to swing in one direction or the other, and what we see with initial exit polling data was that Governor Evers had a very significant lead, capturing about 86 percent of the Latino vote right here in Wisconsin," Morin added.
Similarly, Morin said the poll also showed that Latinos voted 85% Democrat and 15% Republican in Wisconsin's Senate race.
Although party loyalty may be a contributing factor in electing and re-electing candidates in office, Morin said that in Tony Evers' case as governor, many Latinos voted for him because the approval rate was genuinely high.
"They said they were really liking the job that Governor Evers was doing and agreed with his policies -- record-investment in Hispanic businesses, support during the pandemic for people throughout the community," Morin said.
Though in other states like Florida and Texas, the red wave among Hispanic voters is very much present. Darryl Morin said that more investment -- and not just monetarily speaking, but engagement within the community -- is very much needed to secure the Latino vote in future elections.
"Latinos are also looking at the policies and the legislation that they're proposing and passing, so I think both parties have their work cut out for them if they wish to be successful in the future," Morin said.
Not one Latino voter is the same, and although some are single-issue voters, others also tend to be very loyal to their party but they no doubt have made and will continue to make a big impact during election seasons.