January 31, 2008


Candidates finally see promise of Latino vote (Gebe Martinez, Jan 31, 2008, Politico)

In Florida, the state with the third-largest number of Hispanic voters, Arizona Sen. John McCain had a big Republican primary win against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, largely by taking half of the Cuban-American vote, with only 10 percent for Romney.

Among Hispanics who are not Cuban-American, McCain won 51 percent, compared with Romney’s 21 percent.

McCain’s bipartisan plan for earned citizenship for most illegal immigrants now in the United States was not as radioactive as Romney hoped it would be, with only four out of 10 Republican voters favoring deporting illegal immigrants to their country of origin, according to Florida polling.

The real importance of John McCain or Mike Huckabee being nominated this year was that they were the two most pro-immigration candidates and the Party can ill afford to drive away a natural constituency. If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee this could be the election that turns the Red party brown, especially since Jeb is next.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2008 8:34 AM
Comments for this post are closed.