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Telemundo poll: 66% of U.S. Spanish speakers think Trump won the debate

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According to a new Telemundo poll, 66% of Spanish-speaking Americans believe that President Donald Trump came out on top in Tuesday night’s presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden, Newsweek reports.

Among participants, the Spanish-language television network’s post-debate poll found that 66% of them thought that Trump won the first of three presidential debates while only 34% felt that Biden performed better. However, considering how soon after the debate this poll was conducted and how a network polling its viewers are not always representative of the full demographic, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted.

While the direct cause for these results is unclear, it is worth noting that both candidates’ campaigns have been heavily targeting Latino voters.

Notably, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Florida on September 15, where he was accused of being tone-deaf for playing the hit Latin pop song “Despacito” from his cell phone into the mic. Meanwhile, Trump has been ramping up his outreach through his group “Latinos for Trump.”

If this poll is indeed accurate, it would signify a dramatic shift from the September 20 Wall Street Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll, which found that 62% of registered Latino voters backed Biden compared to Trump’s 26%. 12% remained undecided, according to the same poll.

While Latinos as a whole tend to vote for Democrats, certain subgroups buck this trend. Cuban Americans in particular, who are mostly clustered throughout South Florida, reliably vote Republican. The mainstream explanation for why Cuban Americans vote this way is because most of them fled Fidel Castro’s brutal communist dictatorship in the late 1950s and the decades since, making them hold strong anti-communist and anti-socialist beliefs.

By happenstance, Latinos comprise a significant amount of voters in many of this election’s swing states, which has made their votes this time around more highly prized by both campaigns.

Some of these competitive states with large Latino populations are Florida, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. Therefore it’s within the realm of reason that Latino voters could potentially decide whether these states, which are expected to be won by razor-thin margins, will go red or blue.

Until more thorough polls are published, likely by the end of this week, the numerical impact of Tuesday night’s debate will remain up for speculation.

The election’s only vice-presidential debate—between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris—is scheduled for next Wednesday (Oct. 7) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it will air from 9 to 10:30pm (Eastern Standard Time). The second presidential debate will happen Wednesday, October 17 in Miami between 9 and 10:30pm (Eastern Standard Time).

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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