Terry McAuliffe Calls on Virginia Latinos to “Get Busy” to Boost their Population

Sometimes the political class can’t help itself and will say the quiet part out loud.

Speaking before a crowd of Latino volunteers, Democrat Terry McAuliffe bluntly stated that Virginia Latinos should “get busy” and increase their population. Specifically, he called on them to increase their population by 0.5%.

Matt Wolking, the Communications Director for Republican Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial campaign, posted a video where McAuliffe expanded on his sentiments:

“It’s gonna be here before we know it [the gubernatorial race]. 10.5% of the population is very significant. Now, let me give you some advice. Get busy, get yourself to 11 relatively quickly.”

According to Christopher Hutton of the Washington Examiner, Hispanics are a growing demographic within Virginia’s population:

The Hispanic or Latino population in Virginia is 908,749, comprising roughly 10.5% of the commonwealth’s population, according to data from the 2020 U.S. census. The figure represents an increase of 276,924 from the roughly 630,000 Hispanic or Latino Virginians recorded in the 2010 census.

Similarly, a Pew Research study published on September 23, 2020  titled “The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of the U.S. Electorate” illustrated the changing demographics of the Virginia electorate.

From 2000 to 2018, the Hispanic percentage of Virginia’s electorate went from 2% to 5%. Although upwardly-mobile, college-educated whites are the main force that’s driving Virginia blue drift at the moment, a more Hispanic electorate will likely make Republicans winning the state a tall order in the future.

The voting patterns of Hispanics show a consistent trend of voting for Democrats. According to an NBC News exit poll released in the aftermath of the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race, then-candidate Ralph Northam received 67% of the Hispanic vote.

Although Trump made inroads with Hispanics during the 2020 elections, there’s reason to believe this may not be a durable trend. Nevertheless, many Hispanics, who are predominately of working-class background, can be wooed in the short-term by railing against the Wuhan virus lockdowns — policies that disproportionately hurt working class whites and Hispanics. 

Long-term, the US will need to consider passing an immigration moratorium to preserve the US’s national character and making sure that the Democrat Party does not reach one-party status via mass migration.

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