“Overlooked amid all the good news for the Republican party on Nov. 2: After losing the Hispanic vote in 2008 and 2006 in Florida, the GOP got it back in 2010.
In the U.S. Senate race, Hispanic voters favored Cuban-American Republican Marco Rubio by 55 percent, while supporting Gov. Charlie Crist by 23 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek by 21 percent. Republican Rick Scott won 50 percent of the Hispanic vote, two points ahead of Democrat Alex Sink in one of the closest governor’s races in Florida history.
Look for the Republican Party to try to build on its appeal to Hispanic voters in 2012, when the nation’s fastest growing minority group will help decide whether or not President Barack Obama gets a second term…”
On a national level, Republicans improved their standing with Latino voters. In 2010 about 38% of Hispanic voters cast ballots for Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections.This is a major improvement when you look at past cycles when Republicans only won 29% of the Hispanic vote in 2008 and obtaining about 30% in 2006 midterm elections. Not since 2004 and President George W. Bush has the Republican Party done so well among Hispanics.
While the Grand Old Party and Republican candidates have a long way to go in connecting with Latino voters, they now have many successful models to look at including New Mexico Governor Susan Martinez, a slew of newly elected Hispanic Republican members of Congress, among others.