Despite record turnout during early voting, senior officials in the Joe Biden campaign are concerned that Black and Latino voters in key states such as Florida and Pennsylvania haven’t cast their ballots in sufficient numbers, Bloomberg reported.
With four days until the election, half of Black and Latino Florida voters hadn’t cast a ballot, but half of white voters — who mostly support Trump — had. As a result, Republicans had a 9.4-percent turnout advantage in Miami-Dade County, a critical place that Biden needs to win to claim Florida.
“I would like to see turnout increase – and yes, we need improvement,” wrote Steve Schale, president of a pro-Biden super PAC Unite the Country, in an Oct. 27 blog post.
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Top Biden officials such as senior advisor Symone Sanders said they believe Black and Latino voters will show up en masse on election day to cast their ballots. The Biden campaign has invested unprecedented resources into outreach for Black communities and communities of color, Sanders said.
“No campaign in American history has devoted this level of resources that we have to outreach to voters of color, and we’re deeply proud of it,” Sanders said. “In community-specific advertising alone, we’ve dedicated tens of millions of dollars to each community, with a total into nine figures. And we’ve committed tens of millions on in-person GOTV programs unique to communities of color. Earning the support of diverse voters is the beating heart of our operation. We’re also the most diverse general election campaign in American history, including at senior levels, and all of our strategic decisions are driven by our diverse leadership team.”
Historically, Black and Latino voters prefer voting on election day, but some fear it may not be enough. Some campaigners have said not enough resources are being allocated to communities of color.
There have been reports of tension behind the scenes in the Biden campaign.
Top Biden campaign leadership had a call on Thursday with media, where they presented a united front, according to Bloomberg. They reiterated Sanders’ claim they are doing all they can to reach Black and Latino voters.
“We know our pathway to victory includes winning key battleground states that have significant populations” of Latino voters, deputy campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said on the call. “We cannot win without the Latino vote in these states, which is why we have invested historic amounts of money and research.”
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