The Latino vote, as a percentage of the electorate, shrunk last night from 10 percent in 2012 to eight percent in 2014 according to exit polls.
According to Latino Decisions, the Latino vote share was less Democratic than in the last six major elections. The overall sentiment was that Latinos felt ignored by the Democrats and attacked by the Republicans. 60 percent of Latino voters reported being less enthusiastic overall about the President’s delay in executive action on immigration, while only 23 percent expressed being more enthusiastic about the delay. 45 percent of Latino voters reported immigration as being the most important issue, with jobs and the economy following at 34 percent.
The upshot of these results is that the Democratic establishment is going to have to start delivering on the policy preferences of Latino voters. In this recent election cycle, Latinos watched as Democratic Senator Kay Hagan asked the President to not issue an executive order to halt deportations. In Kentucky, the Democratic challenger to Senator Mitch McConnell (R), Alison Lundergan Grimes, criticized her opponent for having supported the Reagan era immigration reform law. These actions by Democratic candidates don’t exactly inspire Latino voters to feel warm and fuzzy about them.