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Latinos could swing the vote in Florida

Monday, November 07, 2016 - 02:00

Unprecedented Latino voter turnout in the battleground state of Florida could play a vital role in deciding the next U.S. president -- but it's too early to say for which candidate. Gavino Garay reports.

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With Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in a virtual dead heat in Florida in recent polls -- the swing state is up for grabs. Analysts say Latino voters, who have had a stronger than expected turnout in early voting, could be the deciding factor. Elbert Garcia, director of 'Florida's Voice,' says voting data shows a significant increase in voter registration among Hispanics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ELBERT GARCIA, STATE DIRECTOR FOR 'FLORIDA'S VOICE,' IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION, "They are breaking records, not only here in Miami and Florida breaking records for early voter turnout but Hispanic and Latino turnout is coming in." In Southwest Miami, the Latino vote is deeply divided. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLINTON SUPPORTER TALKING TO VOLUNTEERS SAYING: "It's arguably the most important county in this election. We need Miami-Dade to vote for Hillary Clinton. " Latino Trump supporters, many of them with Cuban roots, take issue with President Barack Obama's engagement with Havana. Not put off by his comments about immigrants, they applaud his "America First" perspective. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LINETTE LEMAR, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "I'm am as a woman Latino, and I don't think he has anything against Latinos. I think that he has a very good point of view which is the United States needs a boundary. It's time that everyone comes in the right way." (SOUNDBITE) (English) GONZALO LOPEZ, RETIRED CUBAN-AMERICAN, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "We are going to win Florida. I know we are going to win everywhere. Big time, believe me." With Election Day only hours away, it's a good bet that all eyes will be on Florida. For Trump, every path to the White House hinges on him winning the state's 29 electoral votes.

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Latinos could swing the vote in Florida

Monday, November 07, 2016 - 02:00