Hispanic Vote for Trump Greater Than for Romney, Dole

By Michael W. Chapman | November 14, 2016 | 3:18pm EST

President-elect Donald Trump. (AP) 

Accoridng to exit polls, Republican Donald Trump won a greater percentage of the Hispanic vote on Election Day 2016 than did Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 race and Republican Bob Dole in the 1996 race. 

As reported in USA Today, citing exit poll data from Edison Research, Trump won 29% of the Latino vote and Hillary Clinton earned 65%, a 36-point spread. 

In the 2012 race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Obama earned 71% of the Latino vote and Romney gathered 27%, which is two percentage points lower than what Trump garnered. 

Also, back in 1996, according to the exit polls, Democrat Bill Clinton earned 72% of the Latino vote and Republican Bob Dole pulled in 21%, which is eight points lower than what Trump earned. In 2008, Republican John McCain gathered 31% of the Latino vote, two points more than Trump.

Despite Trump's tough rhetoric about securing the border and halting illegal immigration, a greater percentage of Hispanic citizens voted for him than voted for Romney or Dole. 

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