Posts Tagged ‘election’

Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

(San Jose Mercury News) Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.

Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

The signs are ominous for Republicans: Not only has the Asian-American population exploded in the past decade, but recent polls show Asian-Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves.

They've "started to understand they have the leverage," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell. "A marginalized community has become a margin of victory."

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Latino Advertising Can Alienate Non-Latinos, Study Says

Monday, July 9th, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) Well-known in the Hispanic community for his love ballads and salsa numbers, Marc Anthony is asking Latinos to do more than just dance these days. "The president has our back, so it's time to let him know that we have his," Anthony says in an advertisement for the Obama campaign aimed at English-dominant Latino voters. Other Hispanic notables, including actress Eva Longoria and "Hispanic Oprah" Cristina Saralegui, have recorded English-language ads for President Barack Obama with similar messages.

Many marketers say these ads are smart, because they appeal to Latino voters who primarily speak English, a growing demographic in battleground states. However, as candidates release Spanish and English-language ads geared towards Latinos, emerging research indicates that some non-Latinos may feel turned off by them.

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Analysis: 98.4% of voters on Rick Scott’s first purge list are eligible voters

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

(Daily Kos) The statistics that we've seen from the first round of Republican Gov. Rick Scott's Florida voter purge are pretty disturbing. The Miami Herald uncovered the fact that 58 percent of the people on the initial list sent out to supervisors to be scrubbed off the voting rolls were Hispanic, even though they represent just 13 percent of the voting population. According to the paper's analysis, in addition to Hispanics, Democratic and independent voters were more likely to be on the list.

That's bad, but further analysis from ElectionSmith, Inc. makes it even worse. They've found that 98.4 percent of the 2,625 people included on that first list as "potential noncitizens" are eligible voters. That's quite an error rate.

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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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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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Pollster: Democrats Should Bait GOP on Latino Issues

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 

(PBS) With polls showing two-thirds of Latino voters supporting President Barack Obama for re-election, the Republican Party faces an uphill battle to capture the Hispanic electorate in November. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll released last week shows that less than a third of Latinos, 27 percent, are planning to back the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney.

The Democrats have been leading the way in reaching out to this growing group of voters, set to make up around 10 percent of the electorate at the end of this year. Mr. Obama has already spent $1 million on Spanish-language media over the last couple of weeks in states with growing Latino populations such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada. On the other hand, the Romney campaign has only just made its first Hispanic media buy, bringing the presumed GOP nominee's Spanish-language media investments to $13,000.

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Asian-American Vote Could Impact US Election

Monday, May 14th, 2012

 

(Voice of America) Asian-Americans have largely been ignored by U.S. politicians, but they could provide a valuable edge in the upcoming presidential election, saysnew polling data.

According to recently released census data, Asian-Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. population. The population has grown 46 percent since the 2000 census, and Asian-Americans now number more than 17 million nationwide. According to Lake Research, which conducted the poll, Asian-Americans represented two percent of the electorate in 2008, with 48 percent of eligible voters turning out.

The polling was conducted in several states, including Florida, Nevada and Virginia, what are likely to be key swing states in the November presidential election.

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Groups Push for Naturalization Ahead of November Presidential Election

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

 

(FoxNews) A number of groups hope to add thousands of new U.S. citizens to the voter rolls in several key states ahead of November's presidential election.

 

The national push comes after Democratic President Barack Obama has failed to deliver on promised immigration reforms in his first years in office and his likely opponent, Mitt Romney, adopted harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration to win support from conservatives while campaigning for the GOP nomination.

 

The Department of Homeland Security says an estimated 12.6 million people were holding so-called green cards given to legal permanent U.S. residents in 2010, including 8.1 million people who already qualify for naturalization but have not applied for citizenship. Latinos, considered a Democratic-leaning constituency, account for the largest immigrant community.

 
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Romney campaign trying to win over Hispanic voters

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

 

(McClatchy) Mitt Romney has a problem with Hispanics.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee trails Democratic President Barack Obama among Hispanic voters by a margin of better than 2-1, a deficit large enough to cost him the presidency as it did John McCain four years ago.

Some of his problem comes with the Republican brand, some through his own tough talk on illegal immigration during the Republican primaries. Either way, Romney has to find a way to close the gap or lose. Among the options: a conservative version of immigration reform, an Hispanic running mate, and plenty of grassroots courting.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/21/146259/romney-campaign-trying-to-win.html#storylink=rss#storylink=cpy

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