Could red state Arizona turn blue and vote for Hillary Clinton?
A blue Arizona just became much more possible.
Former republican Governor Jan Brewer said that Hillary Clinton winning Arizona would never happen…because Hispanics there don’t vote.
Currently Donald Trump narrowly leads Clinton in Arizona. But there has been rapid growth in the number of eligible Hispanic voters in the state, which could be a problem for Trump, who launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals.
Still, Brewer, who has endorsed Trump, said she wasn’t concerned with the Hispanic vote. When asked about Arizona’s Hispanic population voting for Clinton, Brewer said, “Nah. They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.”
That just isn’t the case.
From The Huffington Post:
In 2012, just 48 percent of Hispanic voters turned out to vote nationally ― a percentage that lagged significantly behind black Americans (66.6 percent) and whites (64.1 percent). This year, according to Pew, the number of eligible Hispanic voters is projected to be 40 percent higher than it was in 2008, making it one of the fastest-growing groups of eligible voters.
Clinton’s campaign has recently dispatched first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), two high-profile surrogates, to campaign for her in Arizona.
As governor, Brewer signed into law controversial legislation that allowed law enforcement to question the immigration status of people they suspected of being in the country illegally. Critics said it encouraged racial profiling, and in 2012, the Supreme Court struck down several key provisions of the law.
Democratic National Committee spokesman, Jose Aristimuño, said that Brewer “effectively hammered the final nail in the coffin of that report.”
“Today, she said in no uncertain terms that the Latino vote doesn’t matter, that it’s not going to make a difference this November,” he said in a statement. “Her words are an incredibly offensive slap in the face to the Latino community.”