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A Look At The Long History Of Latino Republicans

A woman holds a sign expressing Latino support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his campaign rally at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, April 28, 2016, in Costa Mesa, California. (David McNew/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman holds a sign expressing Latino support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his campaign rally at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, April 28, 2016, in Costa Mesa, California. (David McNew/AFP via Getty Images)

Latinos voters will be the largest non-white voting bloc in this year’s presidential election. Political analysts have long predicted that increased voter turnout by Latinos would shift U.S. politics to the left in favor of the Democratic Party.

Latinos, however, are not a monolithic voting group. To assume all Latinos are Democrats erases the long history of Latino GOP support, which continues today.

Geraldo Cadava, author of “The Hispanic Republican” and professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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