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Latinos Make Up Largest Non-White Voting Population In 2020. How Can Biden Secure Their Vote?




Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden wave to supporters watching remotely after he accepted the Democratic Party nomination for US president during the last day of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on August 20, 2020.
Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden wave to supporters watching remotely after he accepted the Democratic Party nomination for US president during the last day of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on August 20, 2020.
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The Latino population this year makes up the largest non-white voting group, according to Axios. That’s why many political experts say it’s critical for Presidential Nominee Joe Biden to clinch the young Latino vote, which is one of the nation’s fastest growing populations. 

According to a recent piece in the Atlantic, Biden can learn from strategies used in Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Sanders handily won over that population in the California primary. The campaign drew on success from coordinated outreach to Latinos, and experts say that will be important for Biden’s success as well. But even if the Dems win the presidency in November, Julian Castro has warned there could be a loss of support in the long run. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with political experts about the challenges ahead for both presidential candidates and how to secure support from this complex electorate. Do you have thoughts or questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Sonja Diaz, the founding executive director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at UCLA, a non partisan think tank; she’s also a practicing civil rights attorney and policy adviser; she tweets @SonjaFrancine

Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine