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Biden is hoping to capture Florida and other pivotal states by pushing Latino turnout rates higher than when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016.

The study conducted by Telemundo and Buzzfeed News also shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of the few political figures who makes them feel represented.

A majority of 64% of young Latino voters are planning on making their voice heard on November 3rd, a new poll conducted by Telemundo and Buzzfeed News shows—with Biden beating Trump 60% to 19% among this demographic.

The national survey, conducted in June, polled 638 Hispanic voters and 685 non-Hispanic voters between the ages of 18 and 34. 

Still, the young voters are hardly confident in a triumph by Biden. Roughly half think Trump will be reelected, while the other half believes in a victory by the former vice president.

Mixed Feelings About the Election, Fears of Cheating

Perhaps more telling about the current state of affairs with the pandemic and the world Trump has created in his three and a half years in office, are the mixed feelings that young voters have about the election. More than half of them (57%) reported feeling “fired up” about the presidential elections, while 52% said that they were feeling “nervous,” and 36% reported feeling “beaten down.”

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Part of the nervousness about the election may be due to the fact that a large percentage of those polled fear that the supporters of one of the candidates may cheat to win the election. A substantial majority (73%) of young Latino Biden supporters expressed a belief that Trump supporters could cheat to win the White House, while 51% of Trump supporters said the same about those in favor of Biden.

An Unrepresented Demographic

One the most interesting results from the poll is on political representation. The young voters were asked who had “shown up” for the Latino community, and the most common response (33%) was simply “nobody.”

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But those who did feel represented by a political figure named New York City Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, each with 6% of the preferences. Further down on the list appeared Donald Trump (3%), the Obamas (2%), and Hillary Clinton (1%).

The Latino Electoral Power in 2020

This year Latinos are expected to be the nation’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential election for the first time, surpassing eligible black voters, with a record 32 million projected to be eligible to vote. 

A large number of those pushing the Latino vote increase are young voters. It has been reported that every 30 seconds a young Latino in the U.S. turns 18, and that since the 2016 elections, some 3.6 million Latinos will have turned 18 in time to vote this November.

Perhaps more crucially, in 2020 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in crucial states including New Mexico (where they make up 43% of the electoral universe), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%), and Florida (20%).