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In Nevada Caucus, Latinos Delivered the Vote to Clinton Above Female and Youth

LatinaLista — Speculation on which group could be the swing vote in the Nevada caucus, and the overall presidential election, has centered on three groups: females, young people and coming in at a distant third, Latinos.
Given past rhetoric as to the strength of the Latino vote, a lot of people didn’t dismiss Latinos entirely but felt females and young people had stronger potential to deliver the vote to either candidate.
Nevada was said to be the test for the strength of the Latino vote in this upcoming election, and Latinos didn’t disappoint.

When news broke that the Obama campaign had gotten the Culinary Worker’s Union endorsement, it appeared that Obama would easily win the Latino vote given the number of Latinos who are members of the Union.
But Latinos, though loyal, are also individual thinkers and it appears that most of them responded to Clinton’s hard campaigning and counter claims against the Union’s alleged strong-arm tactics to deliver a vote to Obama.

From the CNN entrance poll data, we immediately see that Clinton got 51% of the overall female vote while Obama received 38%.
However, among non-white women, Obama was the winner with 51% of the vote versus Clinton’s 43%.
That’s only an 8 point difference as opposed to what the point difference is between the two candidates when it comes to the overall Latino vote.
In that respect, Obama received 26% of the Latino vote and Clinton scored 64% of it — that’s a 38-point difference.
It’s a higher return than even the youth vote (18-29) where the point difference between the two candidates stands at 26 points.
For the first time, we can see that the Latino vote is a viable factor in the outcome of who wins this Presidential election.
It would stand to reason the proverbial Sleeping Giant has awakened!

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  • Frank
    January 20, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Since Hispanics only number between 40-45 million in this country and Non-Hispanics make up the other 260 million, I don’t see how the Hispanic vote is more than a drop in the bucket in the overall perspective of things. Minorities vote with less frequency anyway. The Census also includes illegal aliens in it’s numbers and illegal aliens can’t vote (or at least they aren’t supposed to).
    I think for the most part that Hispanics are group thinkers rather than individual thinkers. They vote mostly Democrat and are swayed by their own ethnic issues. Sorry, just the facts mam, just the facts.

  • Texano78704
    January 20, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    “…I don’t see how the Hispanic vote is more than a drop in the bucket in the overall perspective of things.”
    Then why do you suppose that socially impaired bottom feeding troglodytes are paid to troll sites like this?

  • adriana
    January 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    “I think for the most part that Hispanics are group thinkers rather than individual thinkers.”
    I don’t really disagree w/ you there Frank, but I think the same could be said of Evengelical Christians or even the extremely wealthy. It is too bad that all Americans allow the major TV networks to shape their “views” without reading more, travelling, and experiencing societal issues first hand.
    I don’t think that I could easily be categorized as a “group thinker” though. I don’t necessarily fit the profile of the “polled, focus group tested Latino.”

  • Karen
    January 20, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Sorry, but those aren’t the facts. Nice try, though. Lately everybody thinks he’s an expert on Hispanics.

  • Honey
    January 20, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Of course Hillary won the Latino vote. What does anyone expect when she panders to the illegal aliens.

    January 21, 2008 at 11:07 am

    It’s the old analogy, The tail wagging the dog. As long as our political figures keep pandering to special interest groups (the minority) and refuse to listen to the demands of the majority our nation will continue to slide towards third-world status. The special interest groups, mostly driven by ethnicity, seem to be more acceptant of false promises and the politicians that pander to them for the sake of their vote. Promise me the sun, the moon and the stars and I would get very suspicious of your true motives.
    Many Hispanic-American citizens are not being so influenced by these pandering politicians, because they also want our borders secured and the illegal population to be removed from our nation by any means possible. These are Hispanic-Americans that have assimilated and no longer require their hyphenated label, because they are now as American as I am. But, I’m sure our pro-illegal group has another name for them.

  • KK
    January 21, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Most Latinos have racist attitudes towards black candidates and will not vote for Barack Obama for this reason. It’s sad that the African American community and African American politicians more than any other community in this country have been the most supportive of Latinos and there battle against immigration and other political issues while Latinos show such ignorance and prejudice towards African Americans.

  • Upset
    January 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I can’t imagine any intelligent persons voting for someone who is supportive of NAFTA and CAFTA which are destroying the agricultural sectors of home countries.

  • SuJay
    January 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Another instance of bertayal of an African American candidate by Latino voters. Don’t say it wasn’t racism that cost Obama Nevada! Nothing else could explain such a high percentage of Latinos voting for Hillary Clinton. Blacks have continually supported Hispanic causes, from farmers rights to immigration. Yet, Latinos repeatedly fail to support black candidates. There is absolutely no way that Hillary Clinton deserved such Latino support over Obama.

  • Evelyn
    January 22, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Talk about pandering, look what bush did to the white people. He made them go broke!
    At least he tried to pass Comprehensive immigration reform for the Latinos. But the racist didn’t want it.
    They didn’t want to shut down the borders to illegal immigration, they didn’t want more fencing, they didn’t want more border patrol agents, they didn’t want more holding beds, and they didn’t want tamper proof employee identification, Oh and they didn’t want the $5,000 fine each immigrant would have had to pay.
    They opted for wide open borders with thousands more immigrants coming in each year and de-facto amnesty for all the immigrants already here.
    I’m beginning to think the racists gave them a better deal then the government would have.
    $5,000 in fines would have been a hardship for the immigrants to gather.

    January 22, 2008 at 11:05 am

    We, all of your so called racists, opted for no blanket amnesty as a reward to people that broke the law. The DHS took the land owners to court and won full access to their property to finish erecting the border fence which will at least slow the flow of illegal immigration as it has done in San Diego. We, all of your so called racists, knew there was a better way to rid ourselves of illegal aliens and that came in the form of the Save Act. The Save Act will dry up jobs and basically create enforcement through attrition. A barrier to slow the flow and a law to eliminate jobs to illegals. Man, what a plan.

  • Evelyn
    January 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Like I said, your save act is going to get the same use that toilet paper does, now that the Democrats are the majority in Congress.

    January 23, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Once again, you are underestimating the power of the “grassroots movement” that is sweeping across this nation. The people are coming together like never before to resolve the issues that our weak politicians fail to address. Americans are no longer asking our government to enforce immigration laws, they are demanding it. The politicians realize they are being watched and will be held accountable for their actions. Who laid waste to the McCain/Kennedy Amnesty and the Dream Act? It was the demands of American citizens that caused their demise. If I’m not mistaken, it was all done by a Democratic majority in Congress.

  • Evelyn
    January 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Your grassroots movement has become a prairie fire, with all your leaders burning one by one!
    The media is slowly becoming aware that all the lies that your movement was built on are crumbling.
    People are running to distance themselves from the racists. Your latest casualty was the mimuteKLAN woman in Kansas. Had to leave her job, couldn’t stand the heat! Before that it was the radio host Hal Turner. He stated “I hereby separate from the pro-white movement, I will no longer involve myself in any aspect of it.”
    And now that a Democrat will be in the white house, and 10 more seats will be gained in congress, your grassroots movement will be DEAD!

    January 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Don’t place any bets on it. We’ve been down this road before and have come out with victory after victory. Even the Democraps realize the consequences of ignoring the majority and that majority is certainly not your anti-American following. Your support of criminals is nothing short of treason and a slap in the face of all law abiding Americans.

  • Evelyn
    January 23, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    The lies used in those victories have been exposed. Many Americans refused to believe them in the first place, now even
    more will support a pathway to citizenship for the immigrants!

  • Frank
    January 24, 2008 at 7:51 am

    EOT, the good thing is that we don’t have to rely on any negative statistics whether they be true or false to justify the removal of millions of illegal aliens in this country. They are here in violation of our immigration laws and that is the bottom line.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    A person should think with their brains, not with their hearts like all the whinny liberal Democraps that believe in pandering to the special interest groups for the sake of a vote. I believe that anyone on any type of government social program should not be allowed to vote at all. These people tend to vote for the candidate that promises to give them more social services assistance instead of voting for the most quaified candidate. Typical Democrap strategy for building their voter base.

  • Evelyn
    January 24, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Eyes, bottom line man, you should be the number 1 recipient of the lifetime award for aggravated IGNORANCE in the first degree. They should give you 20 to life and you should be forced to educate yourself!

  • Frank
    January 24, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    EOT, they aren’t thinking with their hearts anyway. An ethonocentric agenda is just plain racism. Nothing honorable about that at all.
    You are correct about the many politicians who pander to certain groups for votes. I keep wondering when they will use common sense and pander to the majority instead.

    January 25, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Ignorance are those that support criminals that have broken our immigration laws and deny the fact that the majority of Americans want their numbers at least thinned out by removing them from our country. The 20 years to life would be acceptable sentence for a second time violator to serve in a federal prison.
    Take your hatred of White America with you to some third-world country instead of trying to drag this nation down to that level. America-love it or leave it.

  • Evelyn
    January 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I’m outta here, this thread is ALL yours, keep mumbling to each other!!!!

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