Latino Voters in 2012

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November 14, 2012 by rosaf15

Leading up to the 2012 Presidential Elections both Governor Romney and President Obama endlessly campaigned to get the most possible votes. Both candidates addressed important issues such as the economy, the federal budget deficit, foreign policy, and immigration. But President Obama’s stance on these key issues, especially on the topic of immigration, allowed him to win the votes of many Americans.

And on Tuesday November 6, 2012 Governor Mitt Romney lost the 2012 Presidential Elections to President Barack Obama. According to an analysis of exit polls by the Pew Hispanic, “Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 71% to 27%”. This makes Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters the highest by a Democratic candidate since 1996 (1). This clearly demonstrates the impact the Latino vote had on the 2012 presidential election.

Immigration is not the top issue for most people but for Hispanic voters immigration is extremely important and the candidate’s stance on immigration can be a deciding factor of which candidate receives a vote. In the article Latino Voters in Election 2012 Help Sweep Obama to Reelection, Elise Foley argues that since the country is becoming more diverse, the Republican Party must change from its current trajectory if it wants to win more votes; especially the vote of Latino voters. According to the Huffington post, Obama’s party seemed to actually care about getting Latino votes. For example, Obama shared similar ideologies with many Hispanics and he even passed the Dream Act; which gives undocumented students an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. The Democratic party’s support on immigration and other issues allowed Latinos to make a decision and vote for the candidate they thought better understood them.

And unlike Obama, Governor Romney and the Republican Party made little effort to win the vote of Latinos.  Foley states that “Romney… took a hardline stance on immigration…His calls for “self-deportation” — making life difficult for undocumented immigrants until they left — and for vetoing the Dream Act”.  Governor Romney clearly did not understand the importance of the Latino vote and instead tried to focus more other issues; ignoring the needs and wants of the fastest growing minority in the U.S.—causing him to loose.

 

Articles Used:

1)      http://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/11/07/latino-voters-in-the-2012-election/

2)      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/latino-voters-election-2012_n_2085922.html

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