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Biden is getting trounced with Cuban American voters in Florida and losing the total Latino vote, a trend that could tip the state to Trump
Biden is underperforming with Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade, the largest county in the state, as well as with Latino voters across Florida, according to recent polling. The lack of support from Latino voters could cost Biden a win in Florida, which has backed the national winner in every election except one since 1964.
Weeks of anxious prodding from Florida Democrats that Biden has taken the state for granted could finally be paying off.
Now Biden key allies, notably former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are pledging to expand their efforts and money to help Biden win the state.
The president and Biden are virtually tied in the Sunshine State, according to an NBC News poll, after several polls over the summer had showed the former vice president with a lead over Trump.
The poll also shows Biden actually trailing Trump among Latino voters in the entire state, 46%-50%, a group Hillary Clinton won by nearly 30% four years ago.
A poll of Miami-Dade County voters by Bendixon Amandi also showed Trump with a lead over Biden among all Latino voters. But the survey also found that among Cuban American voters, Trump led Biden by a whopping 38 percentage points.
Miami-Dade alone represents about 10% of the state’s votes.
Some Democrats also want to see Biden hit back more strongly against Trump's characterization of the party as "radical socialists." The message has struck a nerve with many Latinos who are Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans, some of whom have fled communist regimes or have family members who did.
Ricardo Gomez, a former police officer turned criminal defense attorney in Miami, said his family fought too hard to flee Fidel Castro’s Cuba only to end up with a socialist-leaning administration in the United States.
Gomez, whose father fought in the Bay of Pigs invasion and was held captive by Castro’s forces for seven months, doesn’t believe that Biden and Harris are moderates, but have instead adopted the most radical ideals of the Democratic party.
“They’ve adopted Bernie Sanders, they’ve adopted the AOC model,” said Gomez, referring to progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “They’re not calling the anarchists in the street burning and looting what they are … street thugs.”
Gomez supports the idea of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – limited government programs that provide a last-resort safety net for people facing difficult times. But he said a Biden administration would push to vastly expand those programs, allowing people to become dependent on government handouts. And that, he said, strikes fear into the hearts of immigrants from Cuba or Venezuela or Nicaragua.
“The way communists and socialists work is they start taking from the top and distributing, but sooner or later they run out of stuff to distribute,” he said. “Do we want this to become another Cuba? Do we want this to eventually become another Venezuela?"