News Immigrant Neighborhoods Shifted Red as the Country Chose Blue


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Jun 20, 2020
Across the United States, many areas with large populations of Latinos and residents of Asian descent, including ones with the highest numbers of immigrants, had something in common this election: a surge in turnout and a shift to the right, often a sizable one.
In particular, Chicago precincts with a lot of immigrants saw more people turning out than in 2016, and many shifted to Mr. Trump.

Almost all of the precincts with a majority Latino population showed an increase in enthusiasm for the president including ones with tens of thousands of residents of Mexican descent. Mr. Trump received 45 percent more votes in these areas than four years ago. Mr. Biden still won, but the number of people who voted Democratic did not increase over 2016.

It was not just Latino areas. In a belt of suburbs north of Chicago — precincts that are home to South Asian, Arab and Eastern European immigrants — there was also higher turnout, and a shift to Mr. Trump.
But even as Mr. Trump lost ground in white and Republican areas in and around cities — ultimately leading to his election loss — he gained new votes in immigrant neighborhoods.
In Philadelphia, precincts in the Northeast — home to a mix of many Asian and Eastern European immigrants — shifted in Mr. Trump’s direction, even though a majority still favored Mr. Biden.

The Democratic vote fell 18 percent in majority Latino areas, including in the largely Puerto Rican precincts in North Philadelphia. The president got 15 percent of the vote here, up from 5 percent in 2016.

In majority Black precincts, Mr. Biden still received 95 percent of the vote despite slight shifts to the right. But voting was down 20 percent.


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