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Analyst predicts higher Latino voter turnout compared to 2014 midterms

Next week's elections will likely show an increase in voter turnout among Latinos compared to the 2014 midterms, analyst Ruy Teixeira said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking."

"The latest indicators of enthusiasm I've seen from Latino decisions, and from a few other polls, suggest that in fact in the last month, month-and-a-half, Latino enthusiasm and interest in voting has gone up," Teixeira, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha. "I think it's generally going to be a high-turnout election, so I do think we'll see a higher level of turnout among Latinos than we saw in the last midterm election."

"How much higher is very difficult to suss out, and it's even possible that their turnout may go up less than everybody else's," he added. "But I do think it's going to be a higher turnout election for most constituencies, and I would include Hispanics in this." 

Teixeira's comments come as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE has put a renewed focus on border security and immigration. 

A recent Pew Research Center study found that Latinos appear to be more engaged in this election than they have been in other midterms.

Fifty-two percent of Latino voters said they had given the midterms "quite a lot" of thought, a 16-point increase from what they said during the 2014 midterms.

— Julia Manchester