July 13, 2010

THE PARTY OF THE GIPPER AND W:

GOP Hispanic candidates go against trend (John Fritze, 7/12/10, USA TODAY)

From a sprawling district on the U.S.-Mexican border to the northernmost reaches of Idaho, a handful of Hispanic candidates in competitive races are bucking political conventional wisdom. They're running as Republicans.

In some cases, such as in Idaho, they are competing in House districts with small Hispanic populations. Others are running in majority-Hispanic districts, such as in Southwest Texas, where voters typically send Democrats to Washington. [...]

[G]OP candidates said they aren't willing to cede the nation's fastest-growing minority group to Democrats.

Some point to George W. Bush, who aggressively campaigned among Hispanics when he ran for president, sometimes speaking Spanish on the campaign trail.

Bush captured 35% of the Hispanic vote in 2000 and 44% in 2004, according to surveys of voters leaving polling places.

"The Republican Party gave Hispanics a voice when we were not a targeted group," said Alci Maldonado, chairwoman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2010 6:06 AM
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