Furthermore, several polls have shown that moist Latino voters would choose Obama over McCain by the time Election Day comes around in about five months:
A new Gallup Poll summary of surveys taken in May shows Obama winning 62 percent of Latino voters nationwide, compared with 29 percent for McCain. The pro-Democratic group Democracy Corps compiled surveys from March through May that showed Obama with a 19-point lead among Latinos. And a Los Angeles Times poll last month showed Obama leading McCain by 14 points among Latinos in California.
The above numbers indicate strong Latino support for the Illinois senator. Yet one representative for McCain’s campaign countered by saying that McCain will make inroads in the Latino community between now and November, and that the percentage of Latinos backing him was nearly as much as that won by President Bush in the last two elections.
- So what do you think?
- Will the numbers hold up between now and November?
- Which candidate needs to campaign harder for the Latino vote?
- For that matter, is there such a thing as a homogenous “Latino vote”?
- Could blocs voting in the Latino community switch parties? (i.e. Cuban-Americans to Democrats or Mexican-Americans to Republicans).
- Could third-party candidates like Bob Barr or Ralph Nader find widespread appeal among Latinos?
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Sources- CNN, The Latin Americanist, Reuters Los Angeles Times, azstarnet.com