Monday, September 26th at 8 pm EST
Moncho’s Bar & Grill: 2317 Denison Avenue
For First General Election Presidential Debate, Ohio Latino, Immigrant & Allied Voters Plan Watch Party in Cleveland
Event open to public/press; live coverage from La Mega 87.7
Monday September 26, 8-11pm, Moncho’s Bar & Grill, 2317 Denison Avenue
A broad and diverse coalition of Latino, immigrant, and allied voters is teaming up to help turn out for the elections in Ohio this year. They will be coming together at Moncho’s Bar & Grill on Denison Avenue in Cleveland this Monday, September 26th, to watch the first general election presidential debate. The debate watch party, which includes free appetizers and a cash bar, is open to members of the press and public. Ohio Latinos, immigrants, and allies will be available for interview during the debate. La Mega 87.7, northeast Ohio’s “Latino and Proud” FM radio station, will cover the event live.
This is the second debate watch party that Ohio’s Voice has held at Moncho’s Bar and Grill, a local restaurant owned by Colombian immigrant Ramon Montoya. The firsttook place during the Republican primary, and a video blog is available here.
WHAT: Ohio’s Voice 1st General Election Presidential Debate Watch Party
WHEN: Monday, September 26th, 8-11pm (debate starts at 9pm)
WHERE: Moncho’s Bar and Grill, 2317 Denison Avenue, Cleveland
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An August Latino Decisions poll of Ohio Latino voters shows that Donald Trump’s candidacy is having a corrosive effect on their impression of the Republican Party, and the vast majority of Ohio Latinos plan to vote for Hillary Clinton this election.
While Clinton is doing well with Latinos, the numbers in the U.S. Senate race are telling. Governor Ted Strickland, the Democratic candidate, is polling 11-12 points lower than Clinton and a generic congressional Democrat in his race against Republican Senator Rob Portman. The poll also shows that the two candidates’ positions on immigration, as well as Portman’s support for Donald Trump, could be highly influential among Latino voters, if these facts and their stances were better-known.
In total numbers, there were 199,000 eligible Latino voters in Ohio in 2014. President Obama won the state by just 166,000 votes in 2012. Between 2000 and 2014, Ohio’s Latino population grew more than 83 percent, compared to the state’s overall growth of 2 percent. While their numbers may not be large, they are big enough to decide close races. Combined with African Americans, Asian Americans, and others concerned about the level of vitriol in this year’s elections, they stand to be truly powerful force in this crucial swing state.