Florida Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar celebrated the surge in conservative Hispanic voters during a Fox News interview, commenting on a new poll that showed a close balance between the number of Republican and Democrat Hispanic voters.
Salazar made the comments during an interview on Fox News’ “America Reports” on Thursday in response to a Wall Street Journal poll regarding trends with Hispanic voters in the U.S.
“We are waking up, the largest minority in the country, 60 million people, 20% of the population. Finally, we are realizing that those values are entrenched in the Republican Party: God-fearing, law-abiding, taxpaying,” Salazar said.
She also noted the voting trend was connected with the economy.
“We come because we want to have a better economic life… the last administration, the policies were so good for us and so good for our pocket that that is why we’re waking up,” she added.
“Asked which party they would back if the election were today, 37% of Hispanic voters said they would support the Republican congressional candidate and 37% said they would favor the Democrat, with 22% undecided,” The Wall Street Journal poll found.
The news is a win for conservatives, but a concern for the left as immigration, especially regarding Hispanics, has long served as a key part of its platform.