By Kimberly Railey
As Democrats grow optimistic that Donald Trump will help deliver them big gains in the House, districts with significant Latino populations are emerging as a critical component of their strategy.
The party is homing in on a collection of seats in California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas, where Trump’s divisive rhetoric on Latinos could drive up turnout and create a devastating drag on House Republicans.
Democratic strategists argue that Trump’s poor standing among this growing portion of the electorate has boosted the party’s prospects in areas that were already competitive, while adding a slate of new targets to their list.
“It’s going to be very difficult for Republican House candidates to run 10 or 15 points ahead of their presidential nominee,” said veteran Democratic House strategist Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC. “And in some of these districts, particularly ones that have a high percentage of Hispanic voters, that’s exactly what they’re going to be tasked with doing.”
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From National Journal on May 16, 2016.