LatinaLista — Well, if you believe the rumors circulating in the blogosphere, it’s that Obama had some of Richardson’s supporters in Iowa when they realized there wasn’t enough momentum for Richardson.
But just like many of the commenters to the rumor said, “It’s not newsworthy since deals are always made during caucuses.
Yet, an interesting observance was made last night by Latina publisher Lorena Lopez of Iowa’s La Prensa.
Obama and Richardson
She told Latina Lista last night that she was suprised that Richardson had not fared better among la raza in Iowa.
“He always got a crowd when he appeared here,” said Lopez.
But Lopez noticed that among the caucuses she attended, there was only Richardson supporter and that person was Anglo.
Lopez said that all the Latinos she spoke to were voting for Obama. Not for his experience in the political realm but because out of all the candidates, the Iowa Latino electorate found him to be the best candidate who could identify with discrimination.
Couple that revelation with the fact that the youth turned out in record numbers in Iowa too, and that there are many legal Latino youth ready to cast their first vote in this election, then Obama’s path to the White House may not be so hard to realize after all.
If Latino youth visually identify more with Obama (as their parents do), given his age and appearance, rather than someone in their 50s who looks like the majority of politicians in DC, then what chance does Richardson have among his own gente?
I’m afraid the old question that initially haunted Richardson at the start of his campaign is rearing its ugly head all over again: Is Richardson not Latino enough to appeal to Latino voters?
In Iowa, it would appear so.