Florida Hispanics back DeSantis on curbing illegal immigration

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is leading his Democrat gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist in favorability among Hispanic voters according to a new Telemundo/LX News poll.

NBC News reports that the poll shows DeSantis at 51 percent favorability ahead of Crist's 44 percent. Hispanic voters also give DeSantis a 56 percent approval rating, with 44 percent disapproving, as those polls noted positive marks for DeSantis' handling of Hurricane Ian and how he flew illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard.

DeSantis' positive pickups in the Hispanic community reflect another recent poll that showed the Democrat party is shedding Hispanic support at a rate of 50 percent since 2012. 

NBC reports that in Florida, "Latinos have shifted rightward since 2018 as Republicans tied their opponents to Democratic Socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a potent message for voters who fled leftist regimes or violence in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia."