LatinaLista — Early returns of just a few of the states voting today for the Democratic nominee have Clinton and Obama in a dead heat.
Super Tuesday states
Yet, an interesting point has come to light. In New York, in which Clinton handily won, being her home state as Obama won in his home state of Illinois, Clinton garnered 70% of the Latino vote.
Now, CNN has predicted that Clinton has won Massachusetts â€” among Latino voters in MA, the rumor is that Clinton received 75%.
These two significant wins beg the question: How valuable is a Kennedy endorsement among Latinos?
Of course, the true test won’t be until we receive the returns from California, Arizona and Colorado, all states with a significant Latino population.
For the record, Obama is said to have won 52% of the Latino vote in his home state of Illinois though it isn’t as large a percentage as Clinton’s wins – so far.
However, just these very preliminary returns illustrate that Latinos are not as enamored of the Kennedy legacy as we once were. Whereas some families used to hang a picture of Pres. Kennedy alongside the Pope in their homes, the Kennedy family isn’t as well known among this new generation of Latino voters.
Voters, who are a mixture of first generation immigrants with American-born children, and who don’t know about Camelot or the Cuban Missile Crisis or that Jacqueline Kennedy could speak perfect French.
And if Latino voters are a new breed of voters then politicians do indeed have their work cut out for them.
Time will tell â€” in about 2 hours!