Chart: The Changing Latino Vote

By Holly K. Sonneland

Democrats’ gains among Latino voters from 2016 to 2018 were modest, and in some cases, there were losses.

In the November 6 midterm elections, Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, picking up close to 30 seats. Where did that support come from? It’s a mixed bag, especially when looking along race and gender lines. Of white, black, and Latino men and women, white men made the biggest shift to the left, though they also are starting on the farthest right of the political spectrum.

Party gains among Latino voters were more modest when compared to other groups. Latino men in Florida are one of the most conservative minority groups in the country, and Latina women in Texas got more conservative this time around.

We take a look at how Latino voters shifted their party preferences from 2016 to 2018, focusing on races in Florida and Texas in particular, where the Latino population is substantial (15 percent of the voting population in Florida and 26 percent in Texas) and the support runs across the aisle.