Latino voters turned out at much higher rates in the 2018 midterm elections than prior cycles, according to new private and public data, giving Democratic candidates a boost that could have implications for the presidential race.
Earlier this week, a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that Hispanic turnout leaped by 13.4 points from the 2014 midterms to 40.4 percent in 2018. While voter participation was up across the board — turnout hit a 100-year high overall — that was a larger jump than white (11.7) or black voters (10.8) and only slightly more than Asian voters (13.3).
The Latino Decisions/Catalist study also included interviews and surveys with groups on the ground devoted to registering and turning out Latino voters.
Immigration was “not the primary or the main issue” that most drove Latino participation most effectively, based on their conversations.