Latino voters are showing up in ‘unprecedented’ numbers in Florida early voting

Hillary Clinton.
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Hillary Clinton’s campaign just got some very good news from Florida.

Her campaign is reporting that an “unprecedented” 133,000 Latinos have cast early ballots ahead of the November 8 election – a 99% increase in Latino voters compared to the same point in 2012, BuzzFeed News reported. The 133,000 votes consist of vote-by-mail and absentee ballots.

Early voting in Florida began Monday. The state’s Division of Elections released numbers Tuesday that showed 1.6 million Floridians have already voted in the election via early voting or mailed-in ballots.

The Clinton campaign called it a promising sign for the Democratic nominee because Latinos make up 17% of the electorate in the swing state.

A survey taken from last Monday to this past Monday – October 17-24 – by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials showed that nearly 75% of Latinos surveyed in Florida indicated they would most likely vote for Clinton.

Clinton recently began a push to bolster her prospects in states like Texas and Arizona, which have long voted for Republican candidates, and it appears to be working.

In a poll from the Arizona Republic, Clinton leads by 39% to 33.9% over Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, in Arizona, which other than Bill Clinton in 1996 hasn’t granted a victory to a Democrat since 1948.

An NBC News/Wall Street poll published last week showed that Clinton had garnered nearly 70% support from Latinos nationally in a four-way matchup with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, and Trump, who trailed with 17% support.