From Politic365 on Nov 1, 2012:
The first Latino senator from Texas is set to be a Cuban American Republican who was born in Canada. The most interesting thing about Cruz’s political rise is how little it had to do with the Lone Star State’s history. In a state that is majorityminority, with Latinos (Mexican Americans) making up the bulk of that percentage.
In some respects, it seems like Cruz tries to have it both ways. He opposes the DREAM Act, buthighlighted his own immigrant roots in a recent TV ad and at the Republican convention. So, in a sense, Cruz seems to use his heritage as part of his narrative when it suits him politically.
Yet, in a Republican political stronghold that has held fast since the 1990s, Ted Cruz comes to prominence as a consequence of not his Latino heritage, but the fact that he is closely aligned withTea Party principles…
From Politic365 on Oct 29, 2012:
Early voting in Texas is becoming the normal way people vote, as numbers of early voters have increased every year without fail, especially when it comes to Latino voters. The Texas Secretary of State posts early voting data on the statewebsite, which attests to the dramatic growth of early voting, but one election official we talked to said these numbers were especially notable for Latino voters.
For example, more than 1.5 million registered voters in Texas have voted early in person thus far, at this point in the election in 2008 that number was 1.2 million. In Harris County (Houston) about 49,417 early voters had shown up to the polls after the first five days of early voting; this year it’s 71,393. In the 2008 election 63% of Harris County’s voters voted before election day.
Hector de Leon, Director of Communication and Voter Outreach for the Harris County Clerk’s Office, told Politic365 that early voting in the Houston area has increased dramatically every year for all ethnic groups, but as the city’s Latino population has grown, so has its early voting behavior. The number of voters there has also grown, from 1.8 million in 2008 to 2 million this year…
From Politic365 on Oct 24, 2012:
California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack’s latest comment that she’s dismissing Latino voters until after the election is part of a long-term pattern of behavior in which she’s systematically disrespected, and ignored, minority voters in her district.
This week she said she would ignore Latino voters until after the election, earlier this month the Republican candidate for California’s 36th district suggested that supporting Native American culture was anti-American; and in 2006 shedescribed the heavily Latino part of her district as a “Third World Toilet.”
The 36th district is 39.4% Latino, a number that grew after redistricting. And, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Western Regional Press Secretary Amber Moon, the 36th is 7% more Latino than the district Bono Mack currently represents…
From Politic365 on Oct 23, 2012:
First time congressional candidate, emergency room doctor and son of farm workers, Raul Ruiz, 40, is polling even with Republican congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the widow of Sonny Bono. The race for California’s 36th district, near the Palm Springs area, was recently called a toss-up and Democrat Ruiz out-fundraised Bono Mack in the last quarter.
Ruiz was largely considered theunderdog for most of this year, but in recent months he’s come from behind and is now running even with his Republican opponent. This is particularly interesting, as Bono Mack has been in Congress in the area since 1998. What’s more interesting is that Ruiz raised $156,000 more than Bono Mack did in the last quarter…
From Politic365 on Oct 18, 2012:
Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona,raised almost $500,00 more than his opponent, Republican Jeff Flake in the quarter ending September 30. Plus, in several polls it appears that Carmona is leading Flake, at least before a negative anti-woman ad thatFlake ran last week.
All told Carmona raised $1.8 million to Flake’s $1.26 million inAugust and September.
Polling varies, but several show Carmona ahead of Flake. The DSCC’s poll shows Carmona ahead 47% to Flake’s 43% andPublic Policy Polling shows Carmona leading 45% to 43%. One poll, by YouGov, shows Flake ahead 44% to 38% and then predictably Flake’s campaign released a poll with him ahead, 49% to 43%…
From Politic365 on Oct 15, 2012:
A series of mailers hitting residents of a contentious congressional district in South Texas are attempting to bring abortion to the forefront of the race. The mailers claim that Democratic candidate for Texas’ 23rd district, Pete Gallego, is a “baby killer” and promotes abortion for underage girls.
Politic365 spoke to Gallego about the mailers, which are being sent by his Republican opponent, Congressman Francisco “Quico” Conseco. The mailers not only highlight abortion, but claim that Gallego “denied God” and wants “marriage to be between man & man.”
What’s interesting about this spark in the culture war is that the race is between two Latinos, and these flyers are attempting to stir up passions about values issues. Recent polls show Latinossupport gay marriage and tend to be pro-choice…
From Politic365 on Oct 15, 2012:
The most recent poll from Latino Decisions shows that President Barack Obama is down slightly amongst Latinos, dropping 72% last week to 67% this week. Meanwhile, Romney’s support amongst this demographic has increased to 23% from 20% during the same time period.
Meanwhile, an unnamedRomney “aide” attributed Obama’s lost ground with Latinos to the fact that he didn’t demonstrate enough “macho bravado” to secure their support.
The Obama campaign responded shortly after with a statement from Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, who said, “The Romney campaign’s latest assertion that the President is not ‘macho’ enough for Latino voters not only plays into backward and offensive stereotypes of the Hispanic community but shows how little they understand Latino priorities and concerns…”