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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Questioning the Latino Vote

It's been repeated so many times in the MSM that it has become the gospel truth--the Democrats overwhelmingly took the Latino vote. John Lott questions that presumption:
Exit polls show that Obama got 71 percent of the Hispanic vote. But there is a big potential problem with that claim. Namely a very conservative state with a Republican Hispanic running for the US Senate not being included in the exit polling.
Although there was a clear budgetary rationale for omitting Texas from exit polling, it is a far more serious omission. Texas has one of the nation's largest Hispanic populations. It is one of the few states where Republicans have had some success in courting Hispanics, winning as much as 49 percent of their votes in 2004. Have all of those efforts fallen apart in the Obama era? Were Texas Hispanics as sour on Mitt Romney this time as Hispanics in other states? Did they swing further in Obama's direction, as they did in Colorado, or a bit away from him, as they did in Nevada and California? And how did these voters -- mostly Mexican by ancestry -- feel about Cruz, a Cuban-American who speaks with a Texas twang? . . .

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