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Politics Podcast: Why The GOP Has Made Gains With Latino Voters

Latino voters swung by 8 percentage points toward then-President Donald Trump in the last election, the largest swing of any racial or ethnic group in the electorate. Last April, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast spoke with the team at Equis Research, a political data firm focusing on Latino voters, about what exactly happened. As to the question of why voters swung, the answer was, in large part, that we needed more data. Now we have more data! In this installment of the podcast, Equis’s co-founders share what they found. Ultimately, Latinos’ perceptions of COVID-19 and the economy often aligned more with the vision that Trump was offering.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.