President Trump, Other Republicans, Benefit From Non-White Voters’ Support

( Results from exit polls are showing that President Donald Trump has performed well with a segment of the population many have long surmised would be against him – non-white voters.

In fact, Trump has received the largest number of votes from non-white voters for a Republican presidential candidate since 1960. According to the exit polls, Trump received 26% of the non-white vote.

The Edison Exit polls showed “11% of African Americans, 31% of Hispanics and 30% of Asian Americans voted for Trump, up 3 percentage points from 2016 among all three groups.”

This support Trump received from non-white voters is truly surprising for many people.

As Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, tweeted on Tuesday night:

“Trump’s overperformance with Hispanics is the biggest story of the night so far.”

This performance by Trump with non-white voters goes against what a lot of people, including Democrat Joe Biden, has said about the president during the campaign. On a radio show over the summer, Biden said:

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The strong support from Hispanic voters wasn’t given just to Trump, though. Republicans in Florida benefited tremendously from support from this cohort of the electorate.

Two Republican candidates for the House of Representatives in Florida, Maria Elvira Salazar and Carlos Gimenez, defeated incumbent Democratic Representatives Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, respectively. Both of these races happened in the two southernmost districts in Florida.

Salazar defeated Shalala by almost 3 percentage points. Shalala served only one term in the House of Representatives as a result. Shalala had been unable to distance herself from the “socialist wing” of the Democratic Party, and that could have hurt her a lot – especially among Hispanic voters.

Salazar is a journalist.

Gimenez, meanwhile, a former firefighter, took down Mucarsel-Powell by 4 percentage points. The incumbent was often associated with radicals within the Democratic Party. She made the mistake of allowing an advocate of #AbolishICE to serve on a panel for a town hall she hosted.

Mucarsel-Powell’s husband also had ties to an oligarch in the Ukraine that has faced criminal allegations of murder, bribery and embezzlement. Her husband’s business profited hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oligarch for legal work they did for them.

The two new representatives benefited not only from their opponents’ weaknesses, but also the groundswell of support for Republicans in South Florida this election cycle.

Trump made it a point to campaign hard in that area of the country in the final days leading up to Election Day, and it seems to have paid off. He and other Republicans have benefitted tremendously from increased support from Hispanics and other non-white voters.

CNN has projected Trump to be the winner in Florida, capturing its 29 Electoral votes. He won 51.2% of the vote total in that state compared to Biden’s 47.8%. That battleground state was a very important one for Trump, especially as some other states are falling Biden’s way.