Each presidential candidate is vying for the Latino vote
Both President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden have supporters in Immokalee. This goes against polls that show Biden is less popular with Latinos than Hillary Clinton was.
As have most voters, the Latino community in Immokalee has made up their minds about who they’re voting for. “I voted for Donald Trump,” said Armando Yzaguirre.
“I voted for Biden,” said Ruben Gallegos Jr.
Although, many are questioning whether or not Joe Biden can keep the majority of Latino support that Hillary Clinton earned four years ago.
If not, that could prove to be a problem for the Democratic Presidential Candidate.
“Trump is not what we need right now,” said Ruben Gallegos Jr. He points to the president’s immigration policies.
But, Yzaguirre won’t be voting for Biden this year. “I think a lot of Hispanics are going to vote for Trump this time because of the abortion,” said Yzaguirre. “I’m not saying it’s the biggest issue, but from what I know because a lot of Hispanics are Catholic that’s a really big reason for them.”
Only seven percent of Latino voters say they’re undecided, with just a few days left before the election. Biden is doing better with Mexican and Peurto Rican voters while Trump has a wide lead with Cubans.
With both candidates in Florida in a dead heat, it could come down to the Latino vote to determine which candidate wins the sunshine state.
“Go out and vote. If you don’t think your vote matters please still do it. It matters to everyone in the country,” Martinez said.
Since the 2016 election, there has been close to a 40% increase in Latinos registering to vote in Collier County.