LatinaLista — Obama supporters are a focused, passionate group – too bad their focus has to be so narrow and their passion is only for one man rather than charting a new course for the political system.
Last month, Latina Lista reported on a study that cited how 80 percent of Latino youth said that if Obama was not a presidential candidate in the November presidential election, they would not vote.
Since it was commissioned by the Obama camp, many critics of the report felt this was just another attempt at campaign propaganda to boost Obama’s profile among voters.
Unfortunately, the study was only the tip of the proverbial political ice berg.
It seems this narrow focus on Obama evidently extends to all of his supporters, and if the results of the Texas Primary are any indication, Democrats may have a tougher time come November than anticipated.
Over the weekend, a story published by The Dallas Morning News underscored just how dedicated Obama supporters really are.
Obama supporters were more likely to vote in the presidential race and then skip the other contests than Clinton supporters, who tended to continue voting down the ballot, a Dallas Morning News analysis finds.
More than 80 percent of Democratic voters in the Texas counties where Mrs. Clinton had her largest victory margins went on to vote in the U.S. Senate race, the leading statewide contest on the ballot after the presidential race. By contrast, only 71 percent of voters in Mr. Obama’s strongest counties did.
This revelation doesn’t bode well for the Democratic Party â€”Â or young people overall.
While it’s been exciting to see young people get involved in this election campaign, the threat that their interest will disappear if Obama is not on the ticket is all too real now â€” and discouraging.
One could argue that it really shouldn’t affect Clinton’s chances if she is chosen to be the Democratic candidate since her supporters are comprised largely of Latino voters who could push a win over McCain, and who showed more civic responsibility by completing the voting ballots.
Yet, a bigger picture definitely needs to be looked at here: stressing the importance of the political system to young voters and voters new to casting a vote.
An independent campaign should be launched educating new voters about the importance of not just national, but state and local races and why people should care who holds office in their own backyards.
Otherwise, come November, nothing will have changed.