According to a poll released today, Barack Obama is picking up steam among Latino voters and he is “winning support from the vast majority of those who had voted for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries.”
The national survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center, showed that 66 percent of Hispanic registered voters supported Obama, compared to 23 percent for . The other 11 percent were undecided.
Hillary Clinton carried the Latino vote in the primaries but now “more than three-quarters of Latinos who had voted for Clinton now say they are for Obama,” showing that unity is truly the desire of Democrats.
“Hispanics seem to have seamlessly shifted from Clinton to Obama,” said Susan Minushkin, deputy director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research group based in Washington.
Although Latino voters only make up “about 9 percent of eligible voters,” they will still “play an important role in four potential battleground states: Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada,” that have large Latino populations. Full results from the poll are available here.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who supported Clinton in the primaries, is now pitching in to help Obama build Latino support:
Villaraigosa, one of the nation’s most prominent Latino politicians, can help Obama by unleashing his bilingual charms to help win over a Latino electorate that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton in the primaries.
With his historic candidacy and tight embrace from African American voters, Obama helps Villaraigosa cast himself as a coalition builder in the mold of five-term Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, who was the city’s first black mayor and was best known for his ability to unify the fractious city.
Keep that unity coming… John McCain will only bring voters 4 – 8 more years of a BushCo like administration. We need change.