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Among the Evangélicos (Note to the GOP, Protestant Hispanics are genuine swing voters)
Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2013 | BY MICHAEL WARREN

Posted on 03/18/2013 7:55:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The 2004 presidential election was the Republican party’s high-water mark with Hispanic voters. George W. Bush received between 40 and 44 percent of the Hispanic vote that year. Bush lost Hispanic Catholics to John Kerry, but he overwhelmingly won Hispanic evangelicals, 69 percent to Kerry’s 29 percent.

In 2008, the numbers changed dramatically. Barack Obama secured the votes of 74 percent of Hispanics, while John McCain won a paltry 22 percent, despite having been the GOP’s spokesman for comprehensive immigration reform. Sixty percent of Hispanic evangelicals supported Obama, and just 36 percent McCain. Four years later, Obama’s support among Hispanics dipped slightly, to 71 percent, but Mitt Romney received only 27 percent. An October 2012 Pew poll found that while 73 percent of Hispanic Catholics supported Obama, just 50 percent of Hispanic evangelicals did so, with 39 percent supporting Romney. Republicans have no reason to be happy about that small uptick, since their net loss with Hispanic evangelical voters over eight years was an abysmal 30 points.

The truth is that in 2004, Bush won the popular vote by a little more than 3 million votes, which is nearly equal to his 40 percent share of the 7.6 million Hispanics who voted in 2004. Bush’s popular vote victory, the only one by a Republican since 1988, was due in no small part to his support from Hispanic evangelicals (about 15 percent of all Hispanics). They are the quintessential swing-voter group. If Republicans hope to gain a foothold with Hispanic voters—and start winning presidential elections again—they might want to begin by visiting Iglesia Misionera, a Spanish-language evangelical church in metro Atlanta.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: evangelicals; gop; hispanics; swingvoters

1 posted on 03/18/2013 7:55:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I would guess the explanation may be no more simpler than this: Hispanics willing to buck the tribe and leave the Catholic church are also willing to buck the tribe and leave the Democrat plantation.

No knock on real Catholics as those who attend mass regularly are just as willing to vote with conservatives as Evangelicals, but CINOs tend to vote the same as mainline hollowed out Protestant sects like the ELCA.

And, unfortunately, there is a lot more of them.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 8:09:16 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sorry, I'm unimpressed w/anything in Weak-ly Standard.

If citizen Hispanics wish to align themselves with conservatives, so much to the good.

Reach out to illegals and hope when they are given blanket amnesty, no matter what, register and vote for Republicans, especially with RINOs and democRATS promise more Santa Claus, not in the least bit interested!

Mostly, the only candidates that minority groups get behind (I repeat - mostly) are RINOs that vote liberal and align themselves up with the Santa Clause Party!

3 posted on 03/18/2013 9:08:07 AM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: Vigilanteman
No knock on real Catholics as those who attend mass regularly are just as willing to vote with conservatives as Evangelicals

No where close to accurate.

The run of the mill Evangelicals are more like 79% pro-life voters while even the extremely religious Catholics who attend mass weekly, are in the high 50s percent wise, remember that in 2004 Bush won 56% of the generic, Hispanic Protestant vote.

Even the most devout, religious Catholics, vote more like moderate conservatives than deep pro-lifers.

Catholicism does not produce Evangelical type voters.

4 posted on 03/18/2013 9:16:45 AM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnÂ’t for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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