Just one poll last week suggested Biden may be underperforming among Florida's Latinos, but we spoke to several prominent Latino leaders and rank-and-file voters who report that Biden's struggle to energize the diverse voting bloc is real.
Biden's team has strengths elsewhere that could make up for any potential shortfall — particularly among older voters, suburbanites and African Americans — but any challenges with the nation's fastest-growing demographic should be cause for alarm. Biden's problem may be most apparent in Florida, but Latinos represent a significant voting bloc in other swing states such as Arizona, Pennsylvania and even Wisconsin.
Many Latinos are quick to say that Trump's rhetoric and actions are abhorrent, but they also say that Biden hasn't given them much to be excited about. On several issues like deportations, border security and health care, Biden has been to the right of his more liberal former Democratic presidential rivals. Also, there are signs that Latinos are particularly susceptible to Trump's focus on protest-related violence and false accusations that Biden is a socialist.
Biden will be in Florida on Tuesday. Trump, meanwhile, spent part of his Sunday courting Latinos in Nevada. He campaigns in Arizona on Monday.