The great divide: courting the Latino vote in Miami


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With its glistening sunny shores, Miami, Florida, has long been a beacon of hope for Latin Americans fleeing autocratic governments in search of freedom and democracy.

But Miami's sizeable Cuban-American and Venezuelan-American communities pose a challenge. While they share language, religion and culture with many Latinos in the U.S., they are more likely to prioritize concerns about communism and foreign policy than domestic issues, and are keenly aware of how U.S. policy affects their homelands.

But some, like Cuban-American theater worker Carmen Pelaez, said she could see through it and she felt that the Republican Party sought to gain her vote with empty promises and anti-Communist rhetoric.

"Many Cubans, like me, support Biden because we don't allow ourselves to be manipulated by Republican lies that don't offer anything to our communities except for lies," she said.

Biden was not the only one to get a boost from minority voters.

Trump's support rose by about four percentage points among African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans, compared with four years ago, the polling suggests. About 39% of older Hispanics cast ballots for Trump, up 14 points from 2016.

In Florida, a 12-point surge towards Trump among Latino voters, compared with 2016, played an important role in handing him the big battleground state's electoral votes.

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