Biden doesn't have a problem with Hispanics — he has one with Hispanic men

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes and Alex Roarty, Miami Herald on

Published in Political News

Sandra and Benny Chande have been happily married for 33 years, emigrated from Uruguay in the 1980s, and share a fanatical devotion to the Miami Dolphins.

But Benny, 60, said there are two subjects the couple, who live in Weston, Florida, don't debate at home: sports, because they root for the same team. And politics, because they couldn't agree less.

Sandra, who is 54 and has voted for Democrats since the 1990s, said she's "praying to all the saints" that Joe Biden wins in November.

"I would vote for a rock to oust Trump," she said, citing his pejorative comments about Hispanics and immigrants.

Benny, meanwhile, has been a Republican ever since Ronald Reagan's presidency. He thinks President Donald Trump tweets too much and should be more tolerant, but plans to support him because of his handling of the economy.

"I vote Republican with my eyes closed," Benny said.


In 2020, Sandra and Benny Chande are far from the only Hispanic man and Hispanic woman to see the election in starkly different ways.

As Democrats are nervous that Biden is faring poorly with Hispanic voters, especially among Cuban Americans, veteran pollsters and Latino experts say the Democratic nominee's problems are disproportionately concentrated among Hispanic men - a group of voters who don't consider themselves to be strongly supportive of Trump, but are willing to overlook potential flaws for economic reasons.

The gender gap is an often overlooked nuance they say should shape both campaigns' understanding of the Hispanic vote entering the final weeks of the race, and one that could ultimately swing the outcome between Biden and Trump in Florida and other critical battleground states.

"The gender gap has been one of the largest findings that we have uncovered in our polling over the last year," said Stephanie Valencia, the co-founder of Equis Research, a firm that specializes in surveys of Latino voters.


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