The electorate in 2016 will be the most diverse in history. A Pewresearch report released earlier this year found that nearly one-in-three eligible voters on Election Day will be Hispanic, Black, Asian, or another racial or ethnic minority.
It’s no secret that Donald Trump is polling poorly among Latino, Asian American and African American voters. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News national poll found that 82 percent of registered Latino voters viewed the Republican presidential nominee unfavorably. The Wall Street Journal alsoreported that three quarters of Latinos plan to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the fall.
According to asurvey of Asian American voters, only 19 percent of Asian Americans view Trump favorably. This problem is particularly acute with African American voters. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC/Maristpoll, Donald Trump garnered zero percent support among African Americans in the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Kevin Chavous, a former Obama 2008 advisor, ex-Washington, D.C. council member and current board member ofAmerican Federation for Children, has suggested picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could help in his standing with black and Latino voters, because of the governor’s support for charter schools.
“Bringing minority-supported issues into [the Trump] campaign could pose a real threat to Hillary,” Chavous stated in a press release. “Selecting Governor Pence as VP will bring a major education reform advocate to Trump's administration. Pence is a major supporter of charter schools and has worked to expand them in Indiana.”