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A recording of today’s event is available here.
On a press call held today, CASA in Action, NextGen America and America’s Voice joined Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions to discuss the findings and implications of Election Eve polling of Virginia’s voters. The poll, which sampled white, African American, Latino and Asian American voters, was co-sponsored by AAPI Victory Fund, the African American Research Collaborative, America’s Voice, CASA in Action, Latino Victory Fund, and NextGen America.
Matt Barreto, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Latino Decisions, highlighted some of the key takeaways of the Election Eve poll of Latinos, Asian American, African American, and white voters (see more detail at the end of this release):
CASA in Action President Gustavo Torres, said:
We turned hate into political power, and we did it because we organized. Last night, 9 out of the 9 candidates we endorsed won their elections. We are electing people who look like the face of the new Virginia. We are very proud of the first two Latinas in the Virginia House of Delegates Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala as well as Kathy Tran who arrived to this country as a refugee when she was a child. Unity and equality won last night, and will win again in 2018 midterm election.
Executive Vice President, Political Strategy, NextGen America Sky Gallegos, said:
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, NextGen America made a public and strong commitment to engaging on the issue of immigration. We believe that immigration is fundamentally an issue of justice — that every human deserves dignity, respect, and a chance at the American Dream, and last night’s results in Virginia proved that voters of all backgrounds agree. Last night was an outright rejection of Trump’s racist agenda and a clear win for a more inclusive, progressive vision of the future.
America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry, said:
Last night, a coalition of people of color and suburban white voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere made a powerful statement: We are stronger when our diverse community stands united against racism and xenophobia. Voters soundly rejected hate, immigrant bashing, and racism across the country. The nativism and divisiveness of Trumpism lost big last night. In fact, the stale and simplistic debate in Democratic circles about “identity politics” vs. “reaching white voters” was obliterated last night. The new paradigm, on display in every key race, is that bottom-up mobilization efforts that turn out base voters, combined with persuasion strategies that hit a broader universe of voters, is the key. It’s not ‘either/or,’ it’s ‘both/and.’
Latino Decisions takeaways from Election Eve poll of 1,600 Virginia voters, with over samples of African American, Latino and Asian American voters.
Gillespie’s over-reliance on anti-immigrant race-baiting, such as the MS-13 ad and mailers did not work:
In the final three weeks, there was a significant increase in outreach and contact with communities of color:
Voters were very aware that the campaign had become heavily racialized and this moved them away from Gillespie and towards Northam:
Among people who reported seeing these ads or discussions of Gillespie as anti-immigrant, there was an overwhelming vote in favor of Northam:
Among people who did not report seeing these ads calling Gillespie anti-immigrant:
Virginians are pro-immigration and support welcoming policy towards immigrants: