Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

Poll watcher: Republican problems with Hispanic voters larger than ever

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

(Washington Post) Four years ago in Iowa, Republican caucus-goers chose illegal immigration as the most important issue facing the country. The issue of how to deal with more than 10 million unauthorized immigrants is not playing a central role in the 2012 GOP race. But fresh numbers from the Pew Hispanic Center reveal that Republicans have made little progress since 2008 in courting a fast-growing Hispanic voting bloc, two-thirds of whom voted for Barack Obama.

In their basic political party identification – the continental plates of American politics – 67 percent of Hispanics identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared with 20 percent who lean toward Republicans. The 47-point Democratic advantage is larger than at any point in more than a decade of polls, including 2008, when 26 percent of Hispanics sided with the Republican Party. As we noted Thursday, Obama leads Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney by 68 to 23 percent among Hispanic voters in a hypothetical general election match-up.

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As Rick Perry ascends, Mitt Romney chases Latino vote

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Add the competition for Latino votes to the swiftly escalating battle between Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

Romney will address the Republican National Hispanic Assembly convention Sept. 2 during a previously planned fund-raising trip to Tampa, Fla.

Historically, Latinos have not been a huge factor in Republican nominating races. But they could be next winter, especially in Florida, which is shaping up as one of the biggest tests of 2012.  If Perry and Romney meet expectations in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Sunshine State could be a pivotal showdown, as it was four years ago.

As governor of Texas, Perry started off as a dove on immigration, but he’s become more of a hard-liner in recent years.  He signed a measure to provide in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants, similar to the Dream Act that Republicans have blocked in Congress.  In his most recent reelection, Perry received approximately 38% of the Latino vote.

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Is GOP in Danger From Ignoring Latinos?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

(CBS News) Despite a growing recognition in political circles of the political clout of the Hispanic community in the United States, several potential 2012 Republican presidential contenders are skipping an event next month billed precisely as a way for the GOP to address that community, Politico reports.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Texas Gov Rick Perry will all reportedly miss the first Hispanic Leadership Network conference next month in Miami. So far, the only potential presidential candidate confirmed to attend is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under former President George W. Bush, will co-chair the two-day event. The Bush family, perhaps more than any other Republicans, have shown how the GOP can effectively court the Latino community.

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