LatinaLista — News released this week shows that as of July 1, 2008, there are one million net new Latino voters added to the rolls for this next presidential election.
(Source: www.patrickruffini.com/ research)
The surge of voters is a result of the more than 500,000 new Latino voters who turned out in California and Texas during the primaries. These two states account for 50 percent of Latino voters nationwide, according to the data gathered by the William C. Velasquez Institute.
With these new figures, it’s easier to see how the Latino vote really be classified as a swing vote in this election. After all, that’s a million more votes that weren’t anticipated to make a difference.
Yet, the results of a new Pew report show that when it comes the the Latino vote, the swing has already started swinging and may have just already swung to one side.
A Pew Hispanic report released today shows Latino registered voters favor Barack Obama over John McCain by 66% to 23% and it seems Obama’s magnetism doesn’t end there.
In the survey which asked a little over 2,000 Latino registered voters their preferences, Obama even outscored Hillary Clinton among Latino voters — 76% versus 73%.
The survey points out that while McCain certainly is now the one with the “Latino problem,” Obama has a different kind of problem, but all too familiar.
It seems former Clinton Anglo supporters have a problem with Obama. Though 70% have said they will vote for him, 18% have switched parties to support McCain.
Predictably, the results of the Latino registered voters’ preferences also reflect on which party Latinos are more prone to join. You guessed it — the Democratic Party is the #1 choice.
These findings come on the heels of a noticeable effort by the McCain campaign to finally reach out to Latino bloggers and journalists.
But is it already too late?
It’s all too apparent that if McCain wants the Hispanic vote he’ll have to learn to talk to this electorate and not at us; quit voicing vague comments about border security and give a definite timeline to when there will be an address of the immigration issue and talk to Latino audiences without also including reference to your military history.
The time has come to move beyond the “get acquainted” stage and lay out what will Latino voters receive in exchange for our votes.
As new reports indicate, the Latino vote is still swinging. The real question is — where will it stop?