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Latino Voters Are Important – Not Important: You Decide

August 10, 2014
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Latino voteThe year 2014 is a mid-term election year. All 435 House seats are up for grabs.

Hispanic voters can make a difference. For example, their votes in Colorado can make a difference. Mark Udall, a Democratic senator, is running this year.  He has a strong Republican challenger. Hispanics are 15 percent of the Colorado electorate. They are expected to be 10 percent of the voters. Their votes could decide the election for Udall.

Republicans say older conservative white votes are more important to them than the Latino vote.

Last week, they voted against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program was put in place by President Obama. The program allows children who came with their undocumented parents to go to school and get jobs.

Republicans say DACA encouraged the flood of migrant children from Central America.

Immigration has become a national issue. Some Democrats do not want President Obama to make policy without the approval of Congress. These Democrats are in tight election races.

House races are different than presidential elections.

In the United States, the candidate who gets the most votes may not win the office of President. The winning candidate has to have the most electoral votes. Each state has its own number of electoral voters. It is the number of representatives the state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, plus its two U.S.  Senators.

That is why presidential candidates for the nomination of the Republican Party are looking for Hispanic voters now. They are traveling to Mexico and Central America to create good will among Latino voters.

Republicans are sending Hispanic voters two messages. The first message comes from Republican congressional candidates. They are saying we do not need you and we do not support immigration reform.

The second message comes from Republican presidential candidates. They are saying the Republican Party is the party of opportunity for Hispanics.

Can they have it both ways? That will be up to the voters.

Sources: The Christian Science Monitor August 4, 2014                                                              The New York Times August 7, 2014

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