Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking more like their respective parties’ nominees leaving Latinos considering how to bring together young and old Democratic voters and for the GOP voters whether they can support the nominee.
Clinton and Trump had big nights in Tuesday’s East Coast primaries, making themselves look more like their parties’ respective nominees.
In the Democrats' camps, Clinton and Sanders is stopping just short of saying “se acabó" (it’s over).”
“It’s a tough road, but we believe everyone should vote,” said Chuck Rocha, political strategist for Sanders, referencing the Sanders plan to stay through the convention.
Sanders gave some suggestion he sees his quest as unlikely when he said in a statement Tuesday night he’ll fight to get progressive ideas in the party platform.
Rocha acknowledged that in primaries ahead, Sanders has “got to win big” to overcome the math that shows he’d need 80 percent of remaining pledged delegates to reach the 2,383 needed for the nomination. Clinton needs 20 percent.
Asked if Sanders would work to keep up the energy of young Latinos who backed them and to turn out in November if Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Rocha said: “I can’t see him walking away from a movement that he has been at the forefront of, but he said it Monday night — she’s got to make the case to those voters."
In her speech, Clinton acknowledged Sanders’ effort in his campaign to reduce inequality and to get money out of politics, saying that “there’s more that unites us than divides us.”
For Republicans, Trump's landslide wins in the five states have made trying to stop him even harder for those in the GOP who oppose him, including a number of Hispanic leaders.
Trump has polled poorly among Latinos in many polls, although he does still get some Hispanic votes.
After resounding wins in all five states Tuesday, Indiana has become pivotal in the fight to stop Trump and Trump’s to finally put away his competition and do away with the idea of a brokered convention.
Polls have shown Trump leading in Indiana but the gap is small.
For Alfonso Aguilar, who helped lead an GOP Hispanic effort to denounce Trump and Ted Cruz, “there is no clarity.”
“I’m kind of tired at this point of trying to figure out what is going to happen,” said Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. “Who would have expected those victories (Tuesday night)? So at this point we take a breather. It’s still politics. It’s not the end of the world.”
He said he doesn’t see Clinton as an alternative for Latino Republicans like him because her policies are "destructive" for the community.
He and other GOP Hispanics also said they could not peddle Trump or Cruz to the Latino community as candidates who would benefit them.
So what’s left for him and like-minded GOP voting Hispanics?
“I think Latinos have to participate in the process,” he said. “The question is do we leave that part of the ballot blank?”