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Latino Vote Crucial in Three States

October 28, 2012
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The Hispanic population is spread among all the states. It is very large in states such as Arizona and California. Governor Romney is expected to win in Arizona President Obama is expected to win in California.

There are three states where the outcome of the Presidential election is unclear: Colorado, Florida and Nevada. In those states, votes of Latinos could well decide who will be the next President. In 2008, President Obama got:

  • 61 percent of the vote in Colorado
  • 57 percent of the vote in Florida
  • 76 percent of the vote in Nevada

In the election of 2008, President Obama received 67 percent of the Hispanic vote nationwide. Senator McCain, the Republican candidate, received 31 percent.

It is a challenge to get Latinos to vote. Latinos traditionally have lower that average turn out. A poll showed that 77 percent of registered Latinos said they would vote. For all Americans the number is 89 percent.

A recent poll said 61 percent of Hispanics believe the Democrats are more concerned about Latino people. Only 10 percent said Republics are more concerned.

Observers say the President’s signing an order to allow undocumented youngster to stay in the country for two years is a big factor. It showed, they said, that the President cares about Latinos.

One woman said, “He did something for my family, I am going to do something for him.”

An expert said Mr. Romney continues to pay a high price for his tough immigration language in the primaries. “Romney has moved himself into an area where his statements on immigration are not satisfactory. His new language may not alienate as many people, but it is not attracting people.”

Everyone agrees that turn out for the election will be the most important factor in who wins. Workers in both parties will try to turn out their supporters.

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