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December 1, 2020

Latinos, Young People, and the 2020 Election: What Happened? Why? What Now?

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This online conversation examined how Latino voters and young voters of faith helped shape the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign. Four leaders came together to discuss how the Trump and Biden campaigns reached out to young voters, especially young Latinos, and how the turnout of these young people affected the election results.

Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner, Jeanné Lewis of Faith in Public Life, Alejandra Molina of Religion News Service, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Washington Post explored questions such as:

  • How did the campaigns reach out to young people? How did their turnout affect the election results?
  • Why did Latino voters in particular break the way they did? How did the Trump and Biden campaigns reach out to them, and what worked/didn’t work in that outreach?
  • Should Trump's success with Latino voters cause the Biden administration to shift its policies and outreach to Latinos? How so? What are Latino communities hoping for from the new administration?
  • How did their faith commitments affect the way young voters and Latino voters cast their ballots?
  • How can young people, emerging leaders, and faith communities now help bring the country together, strengthen democracy, and advance the common good?​

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative, moderated the discussion.

Resources

View a list of articles, books, and other resources for this gathering.

This Latino Leader Gathering and Salt and Light Gathering was for Catholics under 40 years old who seek to explore the links between faith, Catholic social thought, and their lives and work. It was supported by the Democracy Fund.

Participants

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a religion reporter for the Washington Post, covering how faith intersects with politics and culture. She is a former national correspondent for Religion News Service and the former online editor of Christianity Today magazine.

Timothy Carney

Timothy Carney

Timothy Carney is the commentary editor at the Washington Examiner, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.

Jeanné Lewis

Jeanné Lewis

Jeanné Lewis is a board member of Faith in Public Life, a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, DC, a facilitator of interfaith dialogue and racial healing, and a former candidate for Washington, DC City Council.

Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina is a national reporter covering Latinos and religion on the West Coast for Religion News Service. Previously, she was a reporter for the Southern California News Group where she covered cities, immigration, race, and religion for newspapers.