An improving economy usually bodes well for the incumbents, but in the critical swing state of Nevada more Democrats are switching parties than Republicans.
"As a human being I've never had to think about killing another human being," Representative Luis Correa said, 'let alone taking down two or three Americans waving the same flag I pledge allegiance to."
"I'm hoping that 2020 put the fear of God into some of these folks," Lisa Navarette of UnidosUS told Newsweek.
"As best as I can tell, Democrats have about three months to make due on that promise, or else we walk through an election season without anything to offer the American people," Brad Bauman, the former executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told Newsweek.
"Latinx as a term is pretty much dead," said Domingo Garcia, a leader of one of the oldest Latino organizations. Some groups will abandon it, others will keep using it, but Democrats will be watching closely for cues on how to move forward ahead of 2022.
"In phone calls with the Democratic national party I tell them, 'Y'all need to be paying attention to south Texas,'" Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar told Newsweek.
"It's clear that 2020 was a wakeup call and Florida was a warning," San-Antonio based Democratic strategist Joaquin Guerra told Newsweek.
Beto O'Rourke did well with Latinos in 2018, but it wasn't enough to win. Now he faces Governor Greg Abbott, who fared better with Hispanics in 2018 than Ted Cruz did against the Democrat.
Some Democrats acknowledge a "Catch 22" — that while issues of race deeply matter to Democratic voters, talking about them is exactly what Republicans want.
Beto O'Rourke's reintroduction to the national stage showed the promise and peril of his bid to become the next governor of Texas, as Newsweek was on hand for the first 24 hours of his campaign.
"Latinos and Blacks, who have been overwhelmingly hit hard by the pandemic and feel incredible economic anxiety have no idea what Democrats in Virginia have done to make their lives better. They don't know what Terry was going to do or what Biden has done."
In his new memoir "They Called Us 'Lucky': The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War's Hardest Hit Unit" Ruben Gallego details how a poor Latino student enrolled at Harvard ended up as an infantryman assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, in the sands of Iraq.
"The governor has no right to tell me how to run my business and what I need to do to keep my employees and customers safe," Taddeo told Newsweek. "He already did it to the cruise ships, now he wants to do it to all private businesses...This is what Maduro does in Venezuela."
Arizona activists told Newsweek that not only are their actions "legitimate" forms of protest, but Sinema can expect more where that came from if she continues to be a barrier to the change their communities urgently need.
If O'Rourke runs, he would be facing an uphill battle in a bedrock red state that has voted Republican since 1980. But there are signs Texas has changed since he last ran statewide in 2018.
"Sinema is not going to be able to win her re-elect with her voting record as it is," said Chuck Rocha of Nuestro PAC. "So we need someone who can attract votes from all around the state, and that's a Latino combat veteran who showed his valor during the January 6 insurrection."
Biden may be heading for a midterm wipeout, but Republican governors in Florida and Texas may also face the ire of voters over their handling of the pandemic.
Th California GOP establishment sees a missed opportunity in "not engaging blue state Hispanics with culturally-sophisticated outreach."
Progressive and women's groups opposing the law face a challenge: How to actively oppose it without breaking the law and becoming a target of lawsuits.
"Any candidate, Newsom or otherwise, who says I can stop worrying about Latinos after election day, that's a losing strategy," Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), told Newsweek.
"Swing districts are three to four points more Republican than national polling," a Democratic strategist told Newsweek. "If Biden is down five to six points in swing districts, that's how Democrats lose 30, 40 or 50 seats."
"He's not going to change no matter what the death toll is," said Manny Ruiz, the CEO of Brilla Media, a self-described former "Reagan Republican," now an independent. "The morgue would have to be overflowing for him to capitulate."
Latino Democrats and Sanders supporters argue Newsom would be in a stronger position if he tapped into the approach Sanders took to win California in the 2020 Democratic primary.
With questions swirling over the strength of Newsom's recall campaign, the fact that every voter in a deep blue state gets a ballot mailed to them may save him in the end.
Activists came away from a conference call on the state of the Newsom recall campaign last week saying they were "shocked" and their party had been caught "flat-footed."
"With the ongoing pandemic, new variants, and high hesitation rate among Latinos to get vaccinated, the question is who do Latinos trust, and not only trust, but how can we make this message get to them in a robust way," Father Manny told Newsweek.
Latino leaders met with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House Tuesday to talk about challenges facing the Latino community, among them, vaccine hesitancy.
As the Cuban government engages in a brutal crackdown to stamp out the embers of protest, including arrests and mass trials with swift convictions, the regime change that many Cuban-Americans pray for many not come soon. But a rift between BLM and Cuban-Americans is likely to continue.
Stone is not alone in his belief that Trump should speak in Miami, which would represent a shocking departure from the norm of U.S. presidential politics and send shockwaves from Cuba to the White House.