Clinton trouncing Trump among Latino voters in battleground states

logoBy Nick Gass, POLITICO

14333719_1240322109333223_8823522343936256204_nThe closest Donald Trump gets to Hillary Clinton in a new Univision poll of Hispanic voters out Tuesday is a 24-point deficit in Florida, as surveys from that state, as well as Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, show the Democratic presidential nominee with a dominant edge.

Clinton leads Trump by 50 points (68 percent to 18 percent) in Arizona, 46 points in Nevada (65 percent to 19 percent) and 43 points in Colorado (62 percent to 17 percent). The race is nominally closer in Florida, where Clinton earned 53 percent support to the Republican nominee’s 29 percent.

In all four states, Clinton’s levels of support are lower than President Barack Obama’s vote shares in 2012, particularly in Colorado, where the current nominee is underperforming Obama’s 2012 result by 13 points (75 percent to 62 percent).

Smaller numbers expressed support for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who took 6 percent each in Florida and Colorado and 5 percent each in Arizona and Nevada. Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 3 percent in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada and 2 percent in Florida.

Trump has made repeated attempts in recent weeks to reach out to Hispanic and Latino voters, including traveling to Mexico City for a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto and further enunciating his proposals on immigration reform.

A national Fox News Latino poll conducted in early August showed Clinton with a 46-point advantage over Trump.

The latest poll was conducted by the Democratic firm Bendixen & Amandi International and the Republican firm The Tarrance Group from Aug. 24-Sept. 3. Pollsters surveyed 1,600 Hispanic registered voters, with 400 coming from each state. Thus, the poll was in the field for a week before Trump’s visit to Mexico and continued for a few days after the trip, as conflicting accounts emerged over the contents of his discussion with the Mexican president.

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