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Trump May Have Awoken a 'Sleeping Giant'

And that could spell trouble for him

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have woken up what pollsters call a "sleeping giant"—and it's not planning on voting for him. As the campaigns enter their final day, the Washington Post reports that there are signs that the Latino voter turnout is set to break records, and much... More »

Obama Immigration Defeat Could Help Dems Win

Democrats plan to mobilize Hispanic vote

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's tie vote on President Obama's immigration pla n yesterday killed off that part of his legacy—but it may have made it more likely that Hillary Clinton will be his successor. Democrats say the ruling, which blocks a plan to shield more than 4 million... More »

Kochs Launch Group to Win Over Hispanics

Can outside money cure the GOP's demographic woes?

(Newser) - The Koch Brothers money machine is throwing itself at one of the party's long-standing goals: winning over Hispanic voters. The brothers have launched a group known as the Libre Initiative, Reuters reports, and it marks a bit of a departure from the duo's usual attack-ad-chucking tactics. While the... More »

GOP Hispanic Outreach Honcho Turns Democrat

Pablo Pantoja slams Republican 'intolerance'

(Newser) - In 2012, Pablo Pantoja headed the Republican National Committee's Hispanic outreach work in Florida; now, the Puerto Rican native is becoming a Democrat, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He explains his reasons for the switch in an email slamming "the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today.... More »

GOP's Latino Jam: 'Angry White Guys'

Amnesty offer could split GOP in two: Patrik Jonsson

(Newser) - Republicans have a serious Latino-voter problem, and fixing it could spark a painful public debate that wrenches the party in two, writes Patrik Jonsson at the Christian Science Monitor . Latinos played a big role in reelecting President Obama, comprising 10% of voters and backing him by 71%. But if the... More »

Arizona Ruling a Quagmire for Romney, GOP

Hispanic vote needed for swing states, but GOP loves tough policies

(Newser) - With Republicans and Mitt Romney struggling to get Hispanic votes, yesterday's Supreme Court ruling mostly striking down Arizona's tough immigration law has just muddied an already difficult dilemma, reports the Washington Post . Getting tough on illegal immigration fires up the GOP base, but Romney needs upward of 40%... More »

Hispanic Voters Focus on Economy, Not Immigration

Other issues ranked above immigration: Gallup poll

(Newser) - Mitt Romney recently rolled out a decidedly more relaxed attitude on immigration , likely in an attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters—but perhaps he needn't have bothered: A new Gallup poll finds that registered Hispanic voters in the US care more about a whole host of other issues than... More »

Spanish- Language Ads Hammer Romney

SEIU, pro-Obama super PAC behind spots

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is facing a $4 million Spanish-language ad campaign targeting his biggest gaffes. Labor organization SEIU and Priorities USA, the super PAC backing President Obama, are showing the ads all summer in Florida, Colorado, and Nevada in a campaign kicking off this week. Highlighted Romney quotes include perennial faves... More »

Hispanics Key to 2012 Electoral Map

And things aren't looking good for Mitt Romney

(Newser) - If he wants to win in November, Mitt Romney will need to make giant strides among Hispanics, and he knows it. A failure to do so "spells doom for us," he was caught saying at a fundraiser. President Obama already appears to have a large electoral-vote lead—247... More »

Hispanic, Black Voter Rolls Drop

Could be bad news for Obama, Democrats

(Newser) - For the first time in almost 40 years, the number of Hispanic registered voters has plummeted—both nationally, by 5% since 2008, and in important swing states. In New Mexico, numbers have fallen 28%; in Florida it's 10%. Meanwhile, the number of black registered voters has dropped 7% nationally—... More »

Univision Pulls Ad Urging Latinos Not to Vote

Democrats call spot low blow by GOP

(Newser) - Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to dupe Hispanic voters into staying home on Election Day with a new ad slated to run in Nevada, Florida, and other states with large Latino populations. The ad, by a group called Latinos for Reform, makes the case that President Obama and Democrats haven't... More »

Hispanic Voters May Sit Out Midterms

They favor Democrats but aren't eager to vote this year

(Newser) - A new poll of Hispanic voters brings a serious dose of good news/bad news for Democrats. The good: Latino voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats over Republicans, 65% to 22%. The bad: It doesn't matter because they probably won't vote. Only 51% or registered Hispanics tell the Pew Hispanic Center that they... More »

Arizona Ruling Will Help GOP—in the Short Run

But Republicans are hurting their party's future

(Newser) - The judge's decision to block key parts of Arizona's immigration law will likely help Republicans in the midterm elections, writes Eugene Robinson. They can argue that the "big bad federal government" interfered with the state's right to kick out people who shouldn't be there in the first place. Robinson... More »

For Hispanics, Sotomayor Cause for Cheers, Musing

Some call her 'Jackie Robinson'; others, no 'superhero'

(Newser) - For many Hispanics watching yesterday as one of their own was nominated for the nation's highest court, it was what one New York assemblyman calls “a Jackie Robinson moment" long overdue such a sizable voting bloc. For others, though, Sonia Sotomayor's Hispanic background doesn’t necessarily make her a... More »

Latino Disconnect Worries GOP

But little action taken to staunch the flow

(Newser) - The Republican Party is facing falling Latino support, but little is being done to reverse the trend, Politico reports. Some Latinos have been disillusioned by Republican rhetoric on illegal immigration, attacks some heard as swipes at Hispanics themselves. “If we don’t figure out a way to open our... More »

In a Switch, Emanuel Now Backs Immigration Reform

Once worried about red-state candidates, chief of staff now pushes Obama's reforms

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel seems to have had a change of heart about immigration reform. In the past, he's been a lukewarm advocate at best for fear it would hurt Democrats at the polls. But in his new job as chief of staff, he’s pushing immigrant-friendly laws and predicting legislation on... More »

Mac Is Back, Pushing Reforms

GOP stalwart returns to Senate, eye on reining in lobbying and earmarks

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain, forgotten but not gone after his failed bid for the presidency, was back in form this week as he pushed bipartisan reform of earmarks and lobbying, Congressional Quarterly reports. Though the Arizona Republican’s eyes were watery and he had some trouble reading at the press conference,... More »

Hispanic Voters Turn Against McCain

Obama appears likely to capture important bloc in a landslide

(Newser) - With a record of immigration reform, John McCain once appeared a near-lock for the Hispanic vote—but the bloc is instead turning to Barack Obama, Politico reports. McCain is hovering around 26%, nowhere near Bush's historic 40% in the last election. Not only is McCain not getting credit for his... More »

West Turning Blue, Dems Say

Party boasts strong voter registration, turnout in Mountain states

(Newser) - The Mountain West has historically gone for the GOP, but thanks to aggressive grass-roots organizing, Democrats believe they have a shot at turning red states blue, Politico reports. More field offices, opened much earlier than the GOP's, have boosted registration in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. “This presidential cycle... More »

Housing Bill Funds Democratic Ally

Group sets out to register the poor

(Newser) - Nestled in the housing bill President Bush signed yesterday is an acronym Republicans don’t like one bit: ACORN. The Wall Street Journal reports that the group is among the many housing-related nonprofits the bill hands cash to, but Republicans grumble that it does more than housing. It’s also... More »

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