"No other states were asked to share a date," a Nevada campaign veteran said. "Reid would be pissed and his team is pissed."
A survey showed 41.7% of Latinos were pro-DeSantis and anti-Trump, 29% supported Trump and viewed DeSantis as an usurper, and only 15% were supportive of both.
"With Latinos making up 6% of the Georgia electorate ... they absolutely are going to be the decisive vote this cycle," a Latino vote expert told Newsweek.
"The reason we did well is because we invested in Latino voters," Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego said. "If you don't do it you will lose elections."
In crushing Florida Democrats, state Republicans believe DeSantis is on a collision course with Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024.
"I just don't see a path for Beto. At some point the donor base says we reached in our pockets deeply three times for you and it's time to move on."
"You need to have a range of 62% to 64% [Latino] support," a longtime veteran Nevada Democrat said, "and then you need to have turnout."
We're one of the few bright spots," Congressional candidate Annette Taddeo told Newsweek, "creating the model for the future for Florida Democrats."
The poll showed that the 21-point margin would be the closest Republicans have come with Latinos since 1994, and nearly half the 40-point advantage Democrats enjoyed during their blue wave year of 2018.
"Maybe what folks are saying about losing LGBT rights and democracy, maybe it's possible too," Ineke Mushovic of Wide Angle Research told Newsweek.
Priorities USA and Somos Votantes are are also doing Nevada-specific outreach, as well as more get out the vote mobilization efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin for a combined $2.7 million campaign.
"Cortez Masto is going to live or die on her ability to communicate to Latinos what she has done to help them."
"In Texas, changing the state is not easy," Mario Carrillo of America's Voice told Newsweek. "But the one who has come closest in 2018 is Beto."
Neither party can reliably say they will sweep all three congressional races, but Democrats feel confident they can win 2 of the 3.
"Stacey Abrams doesn't have a Black man problem," said the founder of the Black Male Voter Project in Georgia. "The Democratic Party has a Black man problem."
President Biden called the high-profile busing of migrants to Northern cities by Republican governors Abbott and DeSantis "political stunts."
The national campaign has a focus on states like Arizona and Nevada, where incumbents Senators Mark Kelly and Catherine Cortez Masto face critical races in November.
The O'Rourke campaign, which Newsweek reported had staffers worried about "disappointing" Hispanic outreach in June, is now feeling buoyed by internal metrics.
"I'm just blown away he would say something like that," Mayra Flores told Newsweek. "He should know better."
Democrats have longstanding infrastructure in Nevada but Republicans see an opening. "This is the best chance the GOP has had in the last decade for sure."
"Latinos are the most persuadable group we have," said Tory Gavito, president of Way to Win. "Unless we're asking for their votes, we're going to lose."
"White people over 50 drove Democratic turnout in this election," a grassroots Democratic organization said, "and communities of color are depressed."
"There's real power in showing up and holding a town hall, whether people are wearing a Beto T-shirt or a Trump hat," said O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans.
"We are in a break-glass moment for our democracy, and right now we need any voice willing to highlight the extremism of the GOP," a Democratic strategist said.
"We're mindful that there's a target on our backs again," America's Voice told Newsweek. "It seems they haven't learned any lessons from the El Paso shooting."
"This significantly increases the chance that he'll run against Sinema and makes it more likely he beats her," a veteran Arizona Democrat said.
Abrams, who lost the Georgia governor's race to Kemp by less than 55,000 votes in 2018, must once again squeeze every possible vote out of communities of color.
"I'm just making note of the fact that I'm running against someone who was born in Mexico and is now against other immigrants coming," Gonzalez told Newsweek in response to Flores.
Gonzalez called Flores "a pawn chosen by the Republican Party for a race they poured millions of dollars into for a seat that's going to last six months."
"Everybody who has a mouth is telling us we need ads in Spanish," an O'Rourke aide told Newsweek.