Native American Voters Helped Swing Crucial 2018 Congressional Seats
The Native American population -- as both voters and candidates -- came out in record numbers during this year’s midterms according to a new report entitled, “The Native American Electorate's Role in the Blue Wave Referendum on President Trump's Policy Agenda.” The Native American vote appears to have helped swing important races in Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico -- especially Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) in the Senate, and Kendra Horn (D-OK), Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) in the House. The data show that 61% of Native American voters cast their ballot for a Democratic Congressional candidate. There was a significant gender gap with 67% of Native American women reported voting for Democrats compared to 54% of Native American men. Similarly, 72% of Native American women encouraged friends or family to register or vote, a rate 13 percentage points higher than Native American men. Native American Independents broke toward Democrats (46%) while 38% voted for Republicans, and 13% for third party candidates. The poll showed that Native American voters want action on health care, economic opportunity, and the treatment of women, and it also found that 61% of Native American voters were angered by something the Donald Trump has said or done, and 57% felt disrespected by him. The new report was based on Latino Decisions’ 2018 polling, which the report’s authors say provided the first comparison of Native American voters nationally to other groups. Read the report here.