Hispanic voter turnout in 2018 increased dramatically in six states, analysis finds

By Grace Segers

/ CBS News

Hispanic voter turnout increased significantly in the 2018 midterms as compared to the 2014 election, according to a Univision analysis of turnout in California, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Florida and Texas, which supported President Trump in 2016, are considered to be increasingly Democratic, in part because of the high number of Hispanic voters.

Although Hispanic turnout was at a record high in 2014, according to Pew Research Center, the turnout rate fell to 27 percent, the lowest rate ever recorded for Hispanic voters in a midterm. The analysis by Univision, based on 2018 certified voter data, suggests that Hispanic voter engagement was far higher in 2018, increasing during a midterm election in President Trump's first term, whereas the 2014 midterm elections took place during President Obama's second term.

Overall in 2018 Democrats said that Latino participation surged 174 percent, compared to 2014. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats targeted 111 GOP House congressional districts, 29 of which had at least a 10 percent Hispanic electorate. The Hispanic community now has its highest level of representation in the Capitol, with at least 42 members.

The data gathered by Univision suggest that Hispanic voters could play a critical role in the 2020 elections. Here is a rundown of its key findings:

California

Florida

Nevada

New Jersey

New York

Texas

First published on April 30, 2019 / 2:30 PM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Grace Segers

Grace Segers is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.

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