An Unreported Result From the Midterm Elections

An Unreported Result From the Midterm Elections

One of the little-reported results of the 2006 midterm elections is that almost half of all Hispanics in Arizona backed a referendum that made English the state’s official language. This would put them on the same side as groups like The Minutemen, widely perceived to be anti-immigrant and even racist for supporting a more restrictive immigration policy.

Among minority groups, Hispanics do tend to vote along more conservative lines. In 2004, more than 40 percent of Hispanics voted Republican, while only 13 percent of Blacks did. That could be changing. In 2006, only 30 percent of Hispanics voted Republican.

“Does this mean that the Latinos who flirted with the Republican party are now firmly back in the Democratic camp?” wondered the Pew Hispanic Center in a recent report. “Or is it possible that Latino voters behaved like the rest of the electorate and rode a Democratic wave?”
We may have to wait until the 2008 elections for an answer.



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