Hispanics Saved the Dems

Ben Smith, Politico, November 3, 2010

Luis Gutierrez is pushing Harry Reid today to return to immigration legislation, on the grounds that Hispanic voters saved his hide.

Reid got an amazing 90% of the state’s 12% Hispanic voters, according to exit polls; Sharron Angle got just 8%.

{snip} Hispanics make up over a third of the California electorate, and Meg Whitman’s dismal peformance–she got just 31% of the vote–gave Jerry Brown his margin. Carly Fiorina got just 28%.

And Hispanic candidates out West didn’t make much difference for Republicans. Brian Sandoval did better than Angle, but wound up with a mere 33% of the Hispanic vote in Nevada. Similar stats for New Mexico aren’t available, but regional patterns suggest that Susanna Martinez didn’t break the trend.

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{snip} It’s more a sign that many Hispanic voters simply can’t bring themselves to vote for a Republican, whether a hard-liner like Angle or one straining to present herself as moderate.

It’s a problem the GOP hasn’t solved, and one that cost them the majority in a wave year.

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