Businessman Donald Trump is a controversial figure among Latin Americans. His political campaign began a little over a year ago, on June 16, 2015 , outside of Trump Tower with him accusing Mexican-Americans of being rapists and drug dealers.
As he gets ready to formally accept his nomination as a presidential candidate for the Republican Party, he faces an uphill battle of Sisyphean proportions when it comes to Hispanic voters.
NBC News/Survey polls, from a month ago, had Trump pulling in more of the Hispanic vote, 28 percent, than the former milquetoast Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who had 27 percent of that voting block in 2012 when he was up against current POTUS Barack Obama. However, more recent polls from Quinnipiac and Fox News have Trump somewhere between 18-23 percent of those voters.
If these numbers remain consistent way into Election Day, Nov. 8th, Trump will be the first modern Republican nominee to have the least support from that group. He will have to continue to heavily rely on working class and Southern whites, and the 19 percent of Asian Americans that are in his corner according to the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voter survey. Also, he will have to court more middle of the road Republicans and women.
To become President of the United States, Trump will have to carry all of the 24 states that Romney won, Ohio, Florida, and one major state in the Midwest or the Northeast (very unlikely) to run away with the presidency over Hillary Clinton.