2020 Election: Trump Won Record Minority Support
President Donald Trump won more minority votes than any GOP candidate in 60 years in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump won more than one-quarter of non-white votes, with 26% of minorities casting their ballot for Trump, according to an NBC exit poll.
Richard Nixon was the last Republican candidate to win a record number of minority votes, with 32% of the non-white vote, but lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960.
Trump’s numbers have improved since 2016 when he won 21 percent of the non-white vote.
The Latino community showed support for Trump in this year’s election, while Biden underperformed in heavily Latino areas, especially Miami-Dade County in Florida. Across the Southeast, majority-Latino precincts in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina swung 11.5 points towards Republicans since 2016.
In southern Texas, Trump won several heavily Latino counties in the Rio Grande Valley, including Zapata, the second-most-Latino county in the country, which hadn’t voted for a Republican in 100 years. In Massachusetts, cities with the highest share of Latino voters saw a strong shift towards Trump, according to Rich Parr, the research director for the MassINC Polling Group.
The Edison poll, the survey of records for U.S. elections, showed that support for Trump rose among African Americans, Asians and Latinos. Further, 18% of Black men voted for Trump in 2020 compared with 13% in 2016, and Black women increased their support for Trump by 80% from 2016 to 2020. Trump also roughly doubled his share of gay voters.
Famous Black performers, such as Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, endorsed Trump for re-election. After meeting with Trump, Lil Wayne took to social media to express his support.
The Trump Campaign has committed a Platinum Plan to “uplift Black communities across the country through a $500 billion investment,” promising to fund three million new Black jobs, 500,000 new Black businesses, increased Black homeownership and new opportunities for Black churches to receive federal dollars.
Rapper 50 Cent publicly criticized Joe Biden’s tax plan, which would raise taxes on those making more than $400,000 a year. “Yeah I don’t want to be 20cent,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.
Trump’s support from minority communities was very strong in key battleground states, helping him win states such as Florida.