The Latino Voting Trickle by Steven Malanga, City Journal Winter 2009 Steven Malanga The Latino Voting Trickle Hispanics didn’t elect Barack Obama.
The day after the 2004 presidential election, columnist Dick Morris proclaimed that George W. Bush owed his victory to Hispanics–a startling conclusion that Morris based on reports that 45 percent of Hispanics had voted for the president and that their vote constituted a whopping 12 percent of the electorate. Given that 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole had won just 21 percent of the Hispanic vote, the more than doubling of support over eight years was sufficient, in Morris’s eyes, to appear decisive.
The only problem with this thesis was that few of its facts were correct.[More]
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