A Vexing Question for Democrats: What Drives Latino Men to Republicans?

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Sergio Arellano of Phoenix, Ariz., said he had a narrative he preferred to inform concerning the second he registered as a Republican. When he was an 18-year-old Army infantryman on home go away, he went to a July 4 event and noticed the voter registration table. He requested the lady sitting there: What’s the distinction between Republicans and Democrats?

Democrats, he recalled her saying, are for the poor. Republicans are for the wealthy.

“Well that made it easy — I didn’t want to be poor, I wanted to be rich, so I chose Republican,” Mr. Arellano said. “Obviously she figured I would identify with the poor. There’s an assumption that you’re starting out in this country, you don’t have any money, you will identify with the poor. But what I wanted was to make my own money.”

Final fall, Mr. Arellano campaigned for Mr. Trump in Arizona, and this yr, he narrowly misplaced his bid for chairman of the state Republican Occasion. Nonetheless, he doesn’t match the Trumpian conservative mould, typically urging politicians to melt their political rhetoric in opposition to immigrants.

“Trump is not the party, the party is what we make it — a pro-business, pro-family values,” he said. “People who understand we want to make it as something here.”

All of this sounds acquainted to Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist who’s deeply crucial of the occasion under Mr. Trump, and who has labored for many years to push the occasion to do more to draw Hispanic voters.

“Paying rent is more important than fighting social injustice in their minds,” Mr. Madrid said. “The Democratic Party has always been proud to be a working-class party, but they do not have a working-class message. The central question is going to be, Who can convince these voters their concerns are being heard?”

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