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Poll: Obama holds slim lead over Romney among Florida’s Hispanic voters

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


(Bradenton Herald) Call it the Cuban Conundrum — a problem for pollsters who find Florida Hispanics are far more Republican than anywhere else in the nation.

It’s on full display in the latest Florida International University/Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely Hispanic Florida voters showing President Barack Obama clings to a narrow 51-47 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney.

But nationwide, the poll shows, Obama leads by a far bigger margin among likely Hispanic voters.

The difference in Florida: Cuban voters. Without them, the FIU poll shows, Obama would handily win likely Florida Hispanic voters 65-32 percent.

Not only are Cubans reliable Republican voters — they’re about 70 percent of Miami-Dade’s registered Republicans — but they’re also more likely to answer surveys like the FIU poll.

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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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Would a Latino running mate help Romney, Republicans?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012


(CNN) At the Council on Foreign relations this week,Sen. Marco Rubio talked tough on the international hotspot of the day, Syria.

"It's time to act now. I don't want to score political points on this issue, I want to see it resolved," Rubio told Time Magazine's Rick Stengel, the event's moderator.

Rubio says he doesn't want to score political points, but like it or not — every move he makes these days is viewed through one prism: a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney.

For many Republicans, Rubio is prime running mate material — a fresh-faced, telegenic tea party favorite from Florida, a key battleground state.

And he is, of course, Hispanic — a fast-growing ethnic group in the United States, a group Democrats dominated in presidential elections over the past four decades.

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Latino analysts dubious of Rubio’s potential benefit for Romney

Friday, May 25th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) Handsome, youthful, Cuban American and Republican, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has been mentioned repeatedly as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney — in part because of hopes that the presence of the first Latino on a major national ticket would draw that key voting group Romney's way.

But outside of his enormously important home state, the prospect for that sort of boost seems less than likely.

Some voters would probably be attracted by the idea of a Latino, any Latino, being that close to theWhite House. (Others, particularly Democrats and left-leaning independents, might never consider a vote for the GOP ticket.)

One complication is internal rivalries amid the diverse group of 22 million potential voters that, for demographic purposes, is treated as one unified electoral bloc.

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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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US could bring hate charge in Trayvon Martin shooting

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

(Boston Globe) The U.S. Justice Department could bring a hate crime charge against the shooter in the killing of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin if there is sufficient evidence the slaying was motivated by racial bias and not simply a fight that spiraled out of control, legal experts and former prosecutors say.

So far, only one such clue has surfaced publicly against 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in the central Florida town of Sanford. On one of his 911 calls to police that night, Zimmerman muttered something under his breath that some listeners say sounds like a racial slur. Zimmerman's father is white, and his mother is Hispanic.

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Trayvon Martin: Zimmerman was not following Neighborhood Watch rules

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

(Chicago Tribune) Neighborhood Watch evokes scenes of get-to-know-you barbecues and folks keeping an eye on neighbors' homes while they're out of town or working late.

Until last month, it did not conjure images of teenagers being shot to death by the people who run a program designed to help keep communities safe.

Then George Zimmerman, who coordinated the Neighborhood Watch at a town-house community in Sanford, shot and killed unarmed Miami Gardens high-school student Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, sparking a collective rage that has spread nationwide and beyond.

Chris Tutko, director of Neighborhood Watch for the National Sheriffs' Association, said Zimmerman broke some cardinal rules.

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Interest in Trayvon Martin Shooting Spurred By Celebrity Tweets and Petition

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

(ABC News) An explosion of social media has catapulted the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin into the national spot light, with a single petition calling for his killer's arrest now the fastest growing petition in internet history, according to

Martin, 17, was killed by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman Feb. 26. Just moments before Martin is killed, Zimmerman, who is white, can be heard muttering something in a call to the police dispatcher which many believe was a racial epithet.

Martin, who was black, was carrying only a bag of skittles, ice tea and his cell phone which captured his last seconds in a phone call with his girlfriend before he was shot to death.

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Report: African American vote in GOP primaries negligible so far

Friday, March 16th, 2012

(Orlando Sentinel) A blog post by John Nichols of The Nation sets out to analyze trends of African American voters in the GOP presidential primaries thus far and finds there haven’t been enough to analyze.

In his blog post, African-American Vote in GOP Race Falls Below Measurable Levels, Nichols reports that exit polls are finding that 1, 2, at best 3 percent of GOP voters so far have been African American.

In the Jan. 31 primary in Florida, for example, Nichols reports that blacks make up 16 percent of the electorate but barely cleared 1 percent of the Republican vote total. The same was true in South Carolina. In Michigan, 2 percent of the Republican primary voters were black, and in Georgia, 3 percent.

In none of those states was there enough black voters to analyze whether African Americans were showing any particular preference for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul, Nichols reported. All the breakout numbers were way below margins of error.

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Mitt Romney makes leap with Hispanics

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

(Washington Post) Once thought to have a potential liability in appealing to Hispanics, Mitt Romney appears to have overcome his doubters.

One of Romney’s more remarkable turnarounds in the Florida primary between 2008 and 2012 was among the state’s many Hispanic voters. While he increased his vote share overall by 12 points, from 31 percent to 43 percent, he increased his performance among Hispanics by 40, from 14 percent in 2008 to 54 percent on Tuesday, according to exit polls.

That’s a pretty huge improvement, but how much does it mean going forward?

In reality, Romney’s tiny share of the Hispanic vote in 2008 seemed to be at least partially about who he was running against, versus any issues Hispanics had with him.

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