November 5, 2004

50% IN '06:

The Hispanic Vote Elects Bush (Dick Morris, Nov. 5, 2004, NewsMax)

The biggest reason for Bush's victory was that he finally cracked the Democratic stranglehold on the Hispanic vote.

While Gore won 65 percent of the Latino community, holding Bush to a mere 35 percent, Kerry only carried the Hispanic vote by 55-45, paving the way for the Bush victory.

Since Hispanics cast 12 percent of the vote in 2004, their 10-point movement to the GOP gave the president an additional 1.2 percent of the national vote.

Take a similar amount away from Kerry, and the Latinos gave Bush a 2.4 percent edge in the general election balloting.

Since Bush beat Kerry by only 3.1 percent, how important was the Hispanic vote? Vital and crucial.

The President will proceed to use his cabinet and Court selections to cement the growing relationship.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 12:15 PM

I don't know if window dressing pushes you above 50% but I bet a serious attempt to speak to Spanish language voters directly without interpreters goes a long way. Appearing on Sabado Gigante, perhaps giving a Spanish language tour of the White House, would be a nice gesture.

Hispanics want what everyone else wants: an opportunity to better themselves and some respect.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 7:17 PM

He was on Sabado Gigante this week.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2004 7:30 PM

I know, because I watched it.

He should be on Sabado Gigante and make himself available for interviews on Noticias Univision et al, as should other GOP elected officials, as well as radio and newspapers. The highest Arbitron station in LA is a Spanish-language one.

If you want to make inroads, you can't just come around during campaign season.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 7:33 PM