Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is stepping up his outreach to Florida Latinos, a key voting bloc in a battleground state where polls show President Trump has made gains.
In his first trip to Florida since securing the nomination, Mr. Biden held a campaign event near Orlando on Tuesday tied to the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Mr. Trump won Florida by slightly more than 1 percentage point in 2016, and polls there show a close race this year.
“What I have to do is make the case why it will be so much better [for] the Hispanic community, the Latino community, if in fact Trump is no longer president,” Mr. Biden, who said his numbers with Latino voters needed to improve, told reporters between events in Florida. “That case is an easy one: Education, healthcare, immigration, the whole notion of dealing with Covid in a way that doesn’t so damage the Hispanic community, which is hurt very badly, much worse than the Caucasian community.”
Latinos make up about 20% of Florida’s electorate, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2016, exit polls showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump among that group by about 27 percentage points.
Last week, an NBC News/Marist poll showed Mr. Trump with a narrow edge over Mr. Biden among Latino voters in Florida, earning 50% of their support compared with 46% for Mr. Biden. An August survey of Latino voters by Equis Lab , a Democratic polling firm, found Mr. Biden with a 16-point lead over Mr. Trump among that group in the state, substantially less than Mrs. Clinton’s exit-poll advantage in 2016.