NY TIMES: How Hispanic Voters Swung Miami Right

MIAMI — As the may­or of reli­ably Demo­c­ra­t­ic Mia­mi-Dade Coun­ty in Flori­da, Car­los A. Gimenez, a Repub­li­can, was a prag­ma­tist who avoid­ed par­ti­san pol­i­tics and in 2016 vot­ed for Hillary Clin­ton. But after Pres­i­dent Trump’s elec­tion, things start­ed to change.

Six days after the inau­gu­ra­tion in 2017, Mr. Gimenez became the first big-city leader in the coun­try to reverse the county’s de fac­to sta­tus as a “sanc­tu­ary” for undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants. Crit­ics said he had kow­towed to Mr. Trump and turned his back on the coun­ty with the sec­ond-high­est num­ber of immi­grants in the nation, after Los Angeles.

This year, Mr. Gimenez received Mr. Trump’s endorse­ment, spoke at one of his ral­lies and was elect­ed to Congress.

His remark­able polit­i­cal evo­lu­tion mir­rored a broad­er shift in Mia­mi-Dade, where 58 per­cent of the elec­torate is His­pan­ic and Mr. Trump made huge inroads from 2016 to 2020. Hun­dreds of thou­sands more peo­ple vot­ed for him this year, and though he still lost the coun­ty to Joseph R. Biden Jr., he improved his mar­gin over 2016 by 22 per­cent­age points, a swing that helped him eas­i­ly win Flori­da and sweep a slew of local Repub­li­cans into office.


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