Obama Losing Latino Support, Will the GOP Gain the Latino Vote?
Obama has failed to deliver on his promise of immigration reform, and the Latinos that helped Obama win his election in 2008 may think twice about voting for him again. According to Fox News Latino:
Latino Decisions surveyed 500 Hispanic registered voters between July 27 and Aug. 9, focusing on the 21 states with the largest Latino electorate.
The poll found that while 68 percent of Hispanics voted for Obama in 2008, only 39 percent said they will vote for his reelection next year.
However, Matt Barreto, a professor of political science at the University of Washington, makes it clear that just because Latinos aren't too enthusiastic about Obama doesn't mean they will automatically vote Republican "…because they perceive that Republicans see them as enemies. But their Democratic friends are not treating them well, so what can happen is that many Latinos simply won't vote."
But it doesn't have to be like this. Latinos are not monolithic. While finding a sensible immigration solution is important to them, they find issues such as the economy and job creation as well as pro-life and pro-family values also very important.
The Texas House of Representatives has taken a major step forward in reaching out to the Latino vote with the creation of the Hispanic Republican Conference, originally formed by the House’s five Hispanic Republicans but joined since by other state representatives whose districts have at least 30% Hispanic constituents.
The Hispanic Republican Conference has even come up with a resolution, HCR88, authored by Rep. John Garza, which is a call on Congress to create an overarching and complete solution to the immigration problem and not just deal with it in certain individual aspects.
If the GOP is willing to work on a much-needed solution to our nation's broken immigration system, maybe instead of Latinos staying home on Election Day, they will come to the polls and vote Republican.