CHICAGO • News stories are starting to trickle out citing "deep concern" about whether Hispanics — who, polls show, prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump — will head to polls in the numbers the Democrats need in order to win.
But a better question is: Why should Latinos be expected to turn out to vote when so little attention is paid to them? They seem to matter only to journalists hot to publish overly simplistic reports proclaiming that Hispanics will either be decisive or again fail to punch their weight on Election Day.
To put this in perspective, here's what a new weekly poll — a collaboration among the Hispanic polling firm Latino Decisions, Telemundo News and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) — has to say about what Latino outreach looks like in the weeks before the election:
While more than 91 percent of polled Latino registered voters stated they would more than likely cast ballots this year, more than 60 percent reported that they had not been contacted by a campaign, political party or organization.
For all the talk about "The Sleeping Giant" and demography-as-destiny, the major political campaigns are effectively making assumptions about what Hispanics will do come November and then leaving it all to chance.