Growing Latino population will benefit Dems in competitive races, says analyst

Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman said on Monday that the growing Latino population in the U.S. will ultimately benefit the Democratic Party.  

"It is a very significant advantage for the Democrats going forward because the Latino population is growing," Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"If it's 69-70 percent Democratic, that's definitely a plus for the Dems," she continued. 

Latino voters played a major role in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Sixty-nine percent of Latinos voted for Democratic candidates this month, while 29 percent cast votes for Republicans, according to an Edison Research survey, which was compiled by the Pew Research Center.

The poll also found that 27 percent of Latino voters said the races were their first time voting in a midterm election. 

Latinos also make up a significant portion of the population in multiple highly competitive states and districts, including 23 percent in Arizona and 20 percent in Florida, according to the survey.

— Julia Manchester