Trump’s Coup Attempt Could Cost GOP A House Seat Because Of Autocracy-Wary Latinos

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Politics

MIAMI ― Donald Trump’s attempted coup may have driven away just enough Hispanic voters wary about autocracy in South Florida to give Democrats one bright spot on a state congressional map aggressively gerrymandered to favor Republicans.House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s super PAC has announced it will spend $2 million to help first-term Republican Rep. Maria Salazar hang on to her seat. The Cook Political Report moved its rating for the district from “likely” Republican to “lean” Republican.Advertisement“I guess they’ve been seeing some polling,” Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo told a group of 100 volunteers gathered at her Coral Gables headquarters this week to prepare to knock on doors and make get-out-the-vote phone calls. “Kevin McCarthy knows that if he wants to get the gavel, he’s got to keep this seat.”Salazar’s campaign said she had “delivered over $17 million” in projects for her district and that her long career in television news in Miami gives voters confidence in “her commitment to them.”“That’s why she defeated an entrenched Democrat incumbent in 2020 and it’s why Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar will win re-election in November by defeating another socialist career politician,” her press office said in a statement.Her campaign, however, would not address HuffPost’s query regarding her view of the former president’s actions leading up to and on Jan. 6, 2021. And, in fact, Salazar voted against President Joe Biden’s legislation that contained the projects she is now taking credit for.AdvertisementTaddeo’s campaign is sharing in internal poll that shows a tied race. “We can win, and we can save democracy in the process,” she said, standing atop a desk between U.S. and Florida flags, with the flag of her native Colombia affixed to a wall behind he …

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