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Poll finds growing support for Obama among Latinos

Saturday, October 6th, 2012


(Los Angeles Times) President Obama may be widening his lead with Latino voters as a new poll shows that 70% say they plan to vote for him over Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama leads Romney, 70% to 20%, according to a new Telemundo/NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll.

That represents an increase of 7 percentage points for Obama and a decrease of 8 points for Romney in the poll, the widest lead Obama has held in the poll since it was first conducted in June, according to the release accompanying the poll results Wednesday.

The poll is a national one and doesn’t present a snapshot of how the candidates are doing with this crucial slice of the electorate in battleground states such as Colorado, Nevada and Florida. And, of course, Obama picks up the benefit only if he manages to actually turn out supportive Latino voters to the polls.

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How Is There Still Racial Profiling in the ‘Post-Racial’ Age of Obama

Friday, September 28th, 2012

(Huffington Post) The election of Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, just four years ago, signaled a turning point in the nation's struggle for racial equality. 

Many of us who have spent years fighting for racial equality will never forget how overjoyed we were on Election Day when we realized our dreams had become reality. Finally, after centuries of struggle, it seemed that a candidate's race would no longer bar them from the highest political office in the United States.

But some have mistaken the age of Obama for some post-racial utopia where race no longer matters.

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Gripes aside, blacks still back Obama

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

(Politico) African Americans still take pride in President Barack Obama’s election — but four years later, they’re also still looking for results.

Recalling the hopes and dreams of 2008, they’re left wondering what happened to the Obama who stood for helping the poor, bringing down inner city violence and advocating for them. There are complaints that he didn’t invite every black leader to every event they wanted to be at, attend every black group’s convention, or prioritize every concern brought to him by the Congressional Black Caucus.

In office, Obama’s interactions with the African-American community have largely taken two forms: controversies — including just last month, when he was forced to defend Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” comment — and paying tribute to the civil rights movement and its leaders.

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No Blacks Voting for Romney in 2012?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012


(The Root) "A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday shows President Barack Obamaholding a four point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney," Ned Resnikoff reported for NBC News' "Lean Forward" blog. "But among African Americans, the poll shows an even stronger lead for Obama, as First Read reports:

" 'Looking inside the numbers, Obama continues to lead Romney among key parts of his political base, including African Americans (94 percent to 0 percent), Latinos (by a 2-to-1 margin), voters under 35-years-old (52 percent to 41 percent) and women (51 percent to 41 percent).'

"That's right: according to this poll, Romney has zero percent support among African Americans.

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Diversity Roundup: Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

(National Journal) Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved? As the first black president, Obama’s election in 2008 was hailed by many as a new era in the U.S. where race relations would be faced head on, theAssociated Press reports. But the varying viewpoints from several Americans and experts show just how divided the nation remains over the issue.

The (Limited) American Dream: For many Latinos, owning a home is an extremely important event, mostly because it’s equated with achieving the American dream, writes Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, for Fox News Latino. But with an 11 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics and the limited scope of President Obama’s foreclosure aid programs, Hispanics are struggling to realize their dreams, Korn argues.

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Genealogists: Obama Descendant of First American Slave

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


( In a reminder of the complexity of racial identity, genealogists Monday announced that President Barack Obama is probably a descendant of the first American slave — on his mother’s side.

Prior to the discovery, it was believed Obama’s African heritage came exclusively from his father, Barack Obama, Sr. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was white.

Obama, America’s first African American president, is likely the 11th-great grandson of John Punch, an African indentured servant who lived in Virginia in the 1640s. After attempting to escape, Punch was sentenced to remain enslaved for life. Some historians consider Punch to be the first American slave, and there is no question his case helped pave the way for slavery.

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The eight states where Latinos could sink the GOP

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012


(Washington Post) Republicans’ emerging problem with Latino voters looks even worse when you factor in the electoral college.

A look at Latino population trends in swing and key red states shows just how ominous the GOP’s future could be if it doesn’t do something about its current struggles with Latino voters.

We noted yesterday that nationwide population and minority voting trends paint a haunting picture for the GOP. But the problem is particularly acute because of the states where Latino growth has been strongest — particularly several key swing states and red states that Democrats are hoping to put in play in the coming elections.

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In Battle for Latino Voters, Obama Gets ‘Hispanic Oprah’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


(The Atlantic) The Ad: Barack Obama, "Cristina Saralegui Supports President Obama"

The Issues: The Latino vote.

The Message: Cristina Saralegui—called "the Hispanic Oprah"—endorses Obama, saying she came to America when she was 12, and that the president wants everyone to have the same opportunities she did. Notably, she also urges viewers to make sure they're registered to vote. "Hispanics could very well decide the next election and I will do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is re-elected; there's simply too much at stake," the Telemundo host says. This is Saralegui's first presidential endorsement, and she gave it in two languages.

Who'll See It: The ad is Web-only. But Saralegui is popular, so maybe that will draw more than the usual nerds to the video. (The top story on her show's homepage is Google Translated as "Incest: Carnal love between brothers. Do you understand?") 

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Obama lifts deportation threat for 800,000 young illegal immigrants

Sunday, June 17th, 2012


(The Independent) President Barack Obama said yesterday that he is lifting the threat of deportation from young illegal immigrants in the United States who have completed their educations or served in the US military, a move that should solidify support for him among Hispanic voters in key swing states this November such as Florida and Arizona.

The surprise announcement will scramble the lines of the deeply contentious debate over immigration policy in the run-up to the presidential election. While Mr Obama is far more popular among Latinos than his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, he has nonetheless disappointed them by failing to push immigration reform through Congress and by overseeing a level of enforced deportations not seen since the Fifties.

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More Potential Latino Voters in 8 States Than Margin Of Victory In 2008

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


(Huffington Post) The Latino vote has been referred to as the "sleeping giant." That's because millions of Latinos are eligible to vote but have not yet registered. If they register and show up to the polls, that awoken giant could determine the 2012 presidential election.

In fact, in eight states, the number of potential Latino voters is greater than the margin of victory in the 2008 presidential election, according to an infographic released by the Center for American Progress Tuesday.

California's nearly 4.5 million potential Latino voters surpass by four times the one million voters that were the margin of victory in the 2008 presidential election, according to CAP.

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