1. SOUNDBITE (English) Freddy Portillo, California Resident:
"My mom a few days ago had a little cough, and she lives in a nursing facility.
San Diego – 2 February 2021
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Freddy Portillo, California Resident:
It got worse, came with a fever, and they found out she tested positive for COVID. She's 90 years old and COVID and pneumonia for a 90-year-old is, it's just cruel and she's going to die. That's the truth."
Houston – 2 February 2021
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Magana Robertson, Texas Resident:
"My thing is, is that there are so many people who have different stories about COVID, and I think the scariest thing is, Alex, is that we don't know how your loved one's going to be impacted by it, how it's going to affect them, because so many different people have different experiences with it. When you do have it and after you, if you're one of the lucky ones and survive it, how is it going to impact you for then after? We don't know enough about the virus, we just don't know, and so I feel for those who don't want if they take it for granted but don't completely believe in it."
"Even in the microcosm of Miami, you're seeing people with connections and with money get their way and people who really need it – and honestly, in good faith, trying to get it – haven't been able to. So it's a very, it's very frustrating to see people from out of the country, people with money go through the rules. And here I am trying to go by the rules and be patient while others break them and have no, no problem, you know, putting themselves first."
More than 60 million Latinos live in the United States.
On Tuesday, The Associated Press spoke with three Latino voters: Giselle Mammana Diaz, an attorney in Miami; Freddy Portillo, a veteran in California; and Barbara Magana Robertson, a media consultant in Texas.
During a more than hour-long conversation for the interview series "AP Newsmakers," Diaz, Portillo and Robertson discussed the coronavirus pandemic, immigration and other issues with Deputy Director of Newsgathering Alex Sanz and Hispanic Affairs reporter Adriana Gomez Licon.
In 2020, Donald Trump and his Republican allies made significant inroads with Latinos, alarming some Democrats who warned that immigration politics alone was not enough to hold their edge with the nation's largest minority group.
President Joe Biden won a sizable majority of Latino voters – 63% nationwide, compared to Trump's 35%, according to AP VoteCast, a massive survey of the electorate. But Trump was able to shave that margin somewhat in some competitive states, like Florida and Nevada.
VoteCast data showed the wide range of views among Latinos.
About a quarter identified as conservative ideologically, roughly 4 in 10 favored building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and roughly that many said they wanted abortion illegal in all or most circumstances.
About half of self-identified Protestants and Christians backed Trump, while roughly one-third of Roman Catholics did.