Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Latino Vote Increasingly Important

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Along with the youth, black, and female vote, Obama tapped into the Latino vote to secure his victory.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on his capture of this growing and important voter group,” Obama won the Latino vote by about a 3-to-1 margin, clobbering Romney in states like Nevada and Colorado, and it is forcing Republicans to do some serious soul-searching regarding the issue of immigration. Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, an outspoken critic of hard-liners on immigration, said a good entry point for the GOP could come as soon as 2013 with Dream Act legislation in Congress.”

The Daily Beast warns that Republicans will need to assess their tactics in communicating their values to Latino voters to ensure relevance, “So what’s the real reason Hispanics aren’t voting Republican? Economics. And some conservatives know it. Over the past week, at the same time one group of right-wing pundits was cheerfully insisting that Hispanics are natural Republicans, another was warning darkly that Hispanics threaten everything conservatives hold dear.”

Read more here and here. 


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