Poll shows Nevada GOP Senate candidate leading among Hispanics

Control of the Senate is widely expected to be decided next month by races in several swing states. One of them is Nevada, where Democrats appear to be facing a nightmare scenario.  

Poll shows GOP senate nominee ahead among Hispanics by 12 points

Breitbart reported that a Rasmussen poll conducted between October 13 and October 17 showed Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by five points.

What’s more, the survey found that Laxalt is doing particularly well with Hispanic voters, among whom he leads Cortez Masto by a 12 point margin.

Hispanics are an important demographic in the Silver State: Breitbart noted that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos make up roughly 30% of Nevada’s total population.

Meanwhile, the Nevada Latino Voter Profile report which was released earlier this year predicted that around 20% of voters in the state will be Hispanic.

Laxalt’s apparent strength with Hispanics did not go unnoticed by Washington Post contributor Dan Balz, who cited it in an article published this past Tuesday.

“This year Democrats in Nevada are especially worried, both about their margins and assuring a hefty turnout among Latino voters sympathetic to their candidates,” Balz wrote.

Republicans have made gains among Hispanics across the country

Although the majority of Hispanic voters have traditionally voted for Democrats, there is evidence from across the country that Republicans are making inroads.

Fox News reported earlier this week that a poll from Telemundo/LX News showed Latino voters in Florida favored Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by a margin of 7 points.

What’s more, former President Donald Trump made headlines two years ago for the gains he made in Hispanic communities.

That included in South Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, where the former president became the Republican to carry overwhelmingly Hispanic Zapata County in over a century.