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  •  One of the things that passes under the radar (0+ / 0-)

    when people discount the Latino vote as just a minority vote is that they vote FAR out of proportion to their percentage of population.  That makes them far more infuential than some other minorities.

    The last stats I saw showed that about 85% of registered Latinos voted here in TX, which is huge, as they are 35% of total population. They as a group are some of the most deeply patriotic, civic-minded people in this state.  Remarkably concerned about America's future. They just VOTE, period, and put other demographics to shame with their devotion to that responsibility.  The Patriotic Latino vote is partly how Bush carried Texas, and if we can swing it back it would be a big blow.

    I predict  a "Latino Tuesday" as well.

    Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

    by SaneSoutherner on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 07:36:05 PM PST

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    •  In California it's different (0+ / 0-)

      Latino turnout is usually very low.  The Los Angeles County hub cities are a critical example of this.  Cities were dominated by white power structures and all white councils and citie were over 90% Latino before Latinos began getting elected.  Compton is an example of a hub city dominated by an all black city council and black power structure yet it is over 70% Latino.  A similar situation exists with South LA Council districts.  A lot of the Latino mobilization and registration occured in he wake of the 1992 Riots and Proposition 187 and Immigrant bashing in 1994.  Latinos were unfairly targeted and attacked and there was a realization of the need to respond.  

      Even so, in 2005, when Los Angeles elected Antonio Villaraigosa, Latino turnout was only 25% and that was a record.  Still the Latino turnout in the California Primary is expected to be about 19%.  That will help Hillary a great deal.

      Build the Wilshire Subway!

      by SoCalLiberal on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 11:35:37 PM PST

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      •  San Antonio and El Paso here (0+ / 0-)

        have the advantage of  an old Latino community that has been a part of the established power structure for decades (or centuries), so is not still trying to "break through".

        I hope there is a good GOTV operation planned for the California primary!

        Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

        by SaneSoutherner on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 07:33:37 AM PST

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