Defying pundits, GOP share of Latino vote steady under Trump

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Republicans are holding onto a steady share of the Latino vote in the Trump era. That’s defying predictions from Democrats and some pundits.

The president has targeted immigrants from Latin America in rhetoric and policy. Some predicted a Latino backlash, but it hasn’t happened.

An analysis of AP VoteCast survey data shows that 32 percent of Latinos in the past election voted for Republicans. That tracks the share of Latinos who have supported the party for the last decade. Evangelicals and veterans are the Latinos most likely to side with Republicans.

Though the GOP hasn’t lost ground with Latinos it certainly hasn’t gained any. About six in 10 Latinos regularly vote Democratic. As the Latino electorate continues to grow that lopsided ratio still creates great risks for the GOP.