Candidates Vie for Latinos as Early Voting Up in Fla.

Spanish-speaking Tim Kaine targets some Hispanics in their native language.

Early-voting numbers broken down by race or ethnicity are not publicly available in each state, including some of those that have the largest Hispanic populations, like California, Texas, Arizona or Nevada.

In Florida, however, about 14 percent of all early votes cast so far have been submitted by Hispanic voters compared to 11 percent Hispanic early voting turnout in 2012, according to professor Dan Smith, who analyzes voter data.

"Of the almost 2.2 million registered Hispanic voters in Florida, 31.4 percent have turned out to vote," Smith said, citing the latest data available this morning.

The numbers are less pointed in the states that do make ethnic data available publicly: 2,314 Hispanics have voted in North Carolina; 4,623 have voted in Georgia; and 776 have voted in South Carolina, according to The Associated Press. Each represents 1.3 percent, or less, of their respective states’ early voter turnout at this point.

There are still several days of early voting ahead in Florida but, Smith noted, Hispanic voters have already surpassed their 2012 turnout rate.

"If Donald Trump had tried to make himself toxic to the entire Latino community, he could not have done a better job," Galston said.

"I just think it stands to reason that Latino turnout is going to be up this year versus 2012," Galston said.

James Campbell, a professor at the University of Buffalo in New York whose book "Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America" was published this summer, said it’s not only the rhetoric but the policy issues that suggested this election was going to hit close to home for Hispanic voters.