Latino voters delivered in 2010. In 2010, Latinos kept the Senate in Democratic hands and were a key factor in Democratic gubernatorial wins in California, Colorado, and Illinois, as well as a number of House races. In fact, were it not for the "Latino firewall" in the West, Democratic losses would have been much worse. In past wave elections, when one chamber of Congress changes parties, both chambers changed parties.
America’s Voice Research on Immigration Reform
The 2010 mid-term campaign season is shaping up to be the most vicious, vitriolic election cycle in recent memory. Here's a dozen of the most outrageous candidate claims thus far, plus a couple honorable mentions. Consider this the Immigration Politics 2010 Wall of Shame.
Maribel Hasting's "March to the Polls 2010" series captures the attitude of Hispanic voters in key states. Two years ago, they voted at record levels, and neither Republicans or Democrats should ignore that the Latino vote, without a doubt, could be essential in continuing their own political careers, or creating a nationally-viable party.
In the Voter Guide to the Candidates on Immigration Reform, America's Voice reviews the candidates' positions on immigration in fifty-four competitive races in nineteen states. These include seven gubernatorial, six U.S. Senate, and forty-one U.S. House races in which Latino and immigrant voters could help decide the outcome.
After the 2010 Census, new Members of Congress in states like Georgia and South Carolina as well as Arizona and Texas will owe their positions, in part, to the expanding Latino population. In states whose Congressional delegations are shrinking overall, Latino voters are gaining power as they expand their share of the electorate.
In 2010, Latino voters are poised to play a crucial role in key House, Senate, and gubernatorial races across the country. This updated report lays out trends in Latino voting patterns over the last several years, and examines some of the factors that motivate and influence this segment of the electorate.
Check out America's Voice new weekly resource, "Immigration Insider," which takes an in-depth look at immigration politics, leading up to the November election.
Latino voters have the power to change the outcome of a number of crucial races in 2010. Whether they make the choice to vote or the choice to stay home will be decisive. Recent polls attempt to answer the all-important question of turnout. While it is too soon to tell whether Latino turnout will be up or down, the polls illuminate a number of factors that will determine the outcome.