Politics Omar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters'

04:20  26 september  2020
04:20  26 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Not only are there numerically more nonvoters than Obama- Trump voters for Democrats to win back, but the Obama- Trump voters don't just dislike Medicare for All — over 70% said they wanted to scrap the Affordable Care Act, a

But the Democratic challenge runs beyond demographics. In general, the nonvoters are less The relative Democratic strength among Hispanic voters may also mean that nonvoters nationwide Over all, the young Democratic nonvoters are far less likely to describe themselves as very liberal.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) said the party should focus on winning over nonvoters rather than "disaffected Trump voters."

a close up of Ilhan Omar: Omar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' © Greg Nash Omar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters'

"I get the urge to focus on disaffected Trump voters. Democrats pride themselves on being a big-tent party. We want to show disaffected Republicans that there's a political home for them outside Trump's GOP," Omar wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Friday. "But appealing to these voters while alienating more progressive, diverse nonvoters doesn't make sense.

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Trump voters who previously voted for Mr. Obama are the subject of intense fascination because We grouped all 2012 voters into one of five categories, three of which we focus on in this essay Over all, Obama-to- nonvoters are quite close to the emerging Democratic consensus on issues of

Trump only garnered 721 more votes than Mitt Romney, which could partly be explained by Black voter turnout declined by an even higher rate, to a level unprecedented in Wisconsin’s recorded Instead of focusing on the approximately 50,000 voters who stayed home in Democratic -leaning

"For every moderate, suburban Republican on the fence about Trump, there are lines of cooks, homeworkers, dishwashers, cashiers and farm workers who would vote a straight Democratic ticket if they were just given a reason to do so."

Democrats have focused energy on highlighting Republicans who have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, including former Trump administration officials and alumni of the George W. Bush administration.

Several of them spoke at the Democratic National Convention and groups like the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump are running pro-Biden ads.

Both Biden and Trump have expressed an intent to win over moderate suburban voters in swing states. Omar said low-income voters are a largely untapped bloc that could benefit Democrats if they embrace left-leaning policies.

The congresswoman noted that Trump won in 2016 "because he increased Republican turnout in the Midwest while we Democrats didn't."

"That's why adopting policies and finding candidates who speak to the needs of working people isn't just the right thing to do, it is critical for our party's long-term success," Omar wrote.

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