Report: Bill Nelson is in Trouble Among Hispanic Voters in Florida Report: Bill Nelson is in Trouble Among Hispanic Voters in Florida – NTK Network

Report: Bill Nelson is in Trouble Among Hispanic Voters in Florida

Florida’s Hispanic communities are vital to any statewide candidate’s hopes to win in the Sunshine State. A new report shows Nelson could be vulnerable in those communities.

By NTK Staff | 08.14.2018 @11:00am
Report: Bill Nelson is in Trouble Among Hispanic Voters in Florida

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) narrowly leads Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), 44-41, among Florida’s Hispanic voting population, according to a poll conducted by left-leaning Latino outreach groups and reported by Politico.

That might sound like good news for Nelson, but the fact is a Democrat hoping to win a statewide election in Florida must have a much larger lead among this particular voting group if he or she hopes to win in November.

Scott led Nelson by 24 percentage points among the state’s Cuban-American voters, who historically have supported Republican candidates. Nelson led Scott by just seven percentage points among the state’s Puerto Rican voters.

Politico’s Marc Caputo explains why this is troubling news for Nelson:

For Democrats, those numbers are a problem because a Republican who wins as much of the Hispanic vote as Scott is taking usually wins statewide in Florida. Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the survey by 40-33 percent.

Still, Democrats say, there’s time. But it’s running out.

Boosting Scott has been his efforts to help Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria.

When it comes to Scott, 41 percent of respondents said he has done enough to welcome Puerto Ricans to the state, compared to 33 percent who say Nelson had done enough.

Scott made inroads with the Boricua community soon after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. He opened welcome centers in Florida for evacuees, visited them frequently, stood by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, advertised in Spanish and snared the endorsement of the island’s secretary of state and its nonvoting member of Congress.

Scott also began airing Spanish-language advertisements back in June. At that time, Politico reported that few Puerto Rican focus groups attendees knew who Nelson was.

The poll was conducted by the Global Strategy Group and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

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