According to a new report from Yahoo, Bernie’s dominance with Latino voters in Nevada may make him unstoppable on Super Tuesday, where two huge states with large Latino populations will weigh in – California and Texas.
Per Refinery29, a major factor in Sanders’ Nevada success was the Latino vote, which makes up 19% of the state’s electorate. Sanders pulled in half of the Latino vote, according to Vox, which could be a sign of the success he will have in states with a high Latino population in the general election, as well as in the next set of states that will vote on Super Tuesday.
Sanders has worked to engage the Latino population going into this primary season by utilizing on-the-ground community outreach in both English and Spanish, hiring Latino staffers with grassroots community advocacy roots, and a progressive agenda that focuses on immigration and healthcare.
He’s also found a surrogate in New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has referred to him as her “Tío” or “Uncle Bernie Sanders” at rallies
Yahoo reports the lessons of 2016 gave Rocha an advantage heading into 2020 — and it was an edge that paid off Saturday, when entrance polls showed Sanders topping his nearest rival, Joe Biden, 53 percent to 16 percent among Nevada’s Latino caucus-goers.
The same statistical caveats from 2016 still apply today. But this wasn’t an isolated incident. In Iowa, the entrance poll showed Sanders winning 43 percent of nonwhite voters; the next closest candidate was Pete Buttigieg with 15 percent. In New Hampshire, Sanders was nearly as dominant, winning nonwhite voters by 18 points and Latino voters by 22, according to the exit poll. Across the board, national surveys also show Sanders with anywhere from 30 percent to nearly 50 percent of the Latino vote.
To date, the Democratic Party has awarded only 2.5 percent of its 3,989 pledged delegates, so Sanders’s growing strength with Latinos hasn’t made much of a dent in the delegate math. But that’s about to change on Super Tuesday (March 3), when nearly 40 percent of the remaining pledged delegates will be doled out.
The good news for Sanders is that Super Tuesday’s two biggest prizes are California (415 pledged delegates) and Texas (228 pledged delegates) — states that also boast the largest Latino primary electorates in America (31 percent and 32 percent, respectively).
The calendar, in other words, is about to heavily favor the candidate who’s leading among Latinos. Mathematically, it could even make that candidate unstoppable.