December 6, 2011

WHICH IS WHY JEB WOULD WIN IN A WALKOVER:

Some Democratic strategists worry about Gingrich's potential appeal (Peter Wallsten and Anne E. Kornblut, 12/04/11, Washington Post)

Perhaps most significantly, Gingrich has an extensive Hispanic outreach organization, which he has been building for years. Unlike anything in the Romney playbook, that network could give Gingrich a head start slicing into Obama's base in key states in the Mountain West, where Hispanics are a fast-growing swing voting bloc. Polls show Hispanic voters, two-thirds of whom backed Obama in 2008, still favor the president -- but GOP strategists believe that winning 40 percent of that vote could disrupt Obama's electoral college strategy by putting Colorado, Arizona and Nevada in the Republican column.

Gingrich is distributing a weekly Spanish-language newsletter to Hispanic voters (the subject line is "Newt con nosotros," or "Newt with us"), holding a monthly call with community leaders, even studying Spanish and using it in appearances on Univision, the Spanish-language network.

As Romney has run hard to the right on immigration, running the risk of alienating Hispanic voters, Gingrich has pursued a more centrist course. He has expressed support for legalizing some immigrants with deep ties to the United States, a position that Romney has derided as "amnesty."

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