6. How Latinos became strong Democrats

Photo illustration of a "Vote Here" sign translated into Spanish and candidate John F. Kennedy with members of the Viva Kennedy leaders in 1960.
Photo illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios. Photo: Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

It took Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans decades to become crucial voting blocs in the U.S., and they did so as strong Democrats for over half a century.

The big picture: Several missteps by Republicans and a groundbreaking campaign by John F. Kennedy in 1960 put the majority of Latino voters in the Democratic column for generations. But that history is fading.

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