Progressive strategist says 'significant segment' of Latinos willing to give Trump, GOP a chance

Progressive strategist Ruy Teixeira on Friday said that despite many Latinos leaning toward the Democratic Party, there is a "significant segment" of the community willing to give Republican candidates and policies a chance. 

"Latinos lean heavily toward the Democratic Party, but there's a substantial group of them who maybe are a little bit more conservative on social issues," Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"There's a significant segment, call it a quarter, call it a fifth, who despite [President] Trump's rhetoric, despite the kinds of things he says, they're willing to give the Republicans a hearing, and they like at least some of what Republicans stand for," he continued. 

Trump made immigration a major campaign issue for Republicans in the midterm elections this year, citing the caravan of Central American migrants approaching the U.S. border. 

While Democrats and critics slammed the rhetoric and messaging as divisive and racist, polling shows that approximately a quarter of Latino voters still backed Republicans in the races, which were largely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in office. 

A recent Latino Decisions survey found that at least 1 in 4 Latino voters across the country backed a House Republican candidate in November's midterms. 

— Julia Manchester