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Despite losing the Hispanic vote during the primary season, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama appears to have opened up a large lead among Hispanic voters over his presumed Republican opponent John McCain.

Obama leads McCain 60 percent to 23 percent among Latino voters, according to a Latino Decisions Poll. The survey result is similar to that of a Gallup poll earlier this month that showed Obama leading McCain 62 percent to 29 percent. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Times poll of California voters showed McCain, an Arizona senator, trailing Obama, a senator from Illinois, by 14 points.

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New polls show that Barack Obama has made inroads in the Hispanic community (see above) despite complaints from Hispanic media who is feeling left out of the Obama campaign….

The burst of anger on the Barack Obama campaign’s recent news media call was unexpected, but it should not have been a surprise.For weeks, members of the Spanish-language media had been blogging, writing and outright complaining that the presidential campaigns have not been paying attention to them.The Hispanic media’s irritation with the candidates has been building for some time. Last month, a columnist for La Opinion, a major Spanish-language newspaper, complained about being dissed

.“Usually, to do the job, reporters need a constant and accessible contact person in the campaign,” wrote columnist Pilar Marrero. “In Obama’s case, this has been virtually impossible: There is not — nor has there ever been — regular communication with the Hispanic press. One wonders what might happen in the general election campaign, and then in an eventual Democratic presidency, if indeed they win in November.”

Latina Lista blogger Marisa Trevino wrote last week that Clinton’s campaign “knew how to make us feel cool, and once you experience what everyone else has always had, you don’t want to go back. … As it stands now, we don’t even know if the Obama campaign wants Latino bloggers’ support.”
What they wanted were assurances that they would not always have to sit at the back of the media bus

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Politico.com

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Obama’s Challenge with Hispanics continues to be a hot topic of discussion…

They are a group he will probably want to focus on in the coming months.Obama may have his hardest sell, however, with Hispanic voters like those who make up much of Immigration Nation. The Illinois senator won only 37 percent of voters in those places; more tellingly, he lost them not only in the primary states but in caucus states, too.

Through the nomination season, the Obama campaign proved to be a master at organizing in caucus states. He beat Clinton among all 11 community types in the caucuses except for Immigration Nation counties, where Clinton beat him handily.

Obama’s trouble in those counties could prove significant in the West, in places like New Mexico and Nevada that figure to be battleground states. It may suggest a hole he will want to try to fill in coming months, possibly even in the selection of his running mate.Next Monday, a breakdown of the primary vote for Sen. John McCain

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s aggressive campaigns in the Hispanic community are showing positive results. New numbers released by the NDN, a progressive think-tank and advocacy organization, show that Hispanics are embracing the Democratic Party more than ever before. The data released Wednesday show that Hispanics have voted in record numbers this year, tripling their turnout from the 2004 primaries, and increasing their share of the vote in the Democratic primaries by 66 percent. The NDN report is based on an analysis of a variety of polls and exit polls conducted during this year’s primary elections.The NDN report said that of Hispanics who voted in the presidential primaries this year 78 percent voted Democratic. The NDN, formerly known as the New Democratic Network, credits these numbers to changes in Democratic Party campaign strategy since Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was the Democratic nominee in 2004.”The Democratic Party has woken up and gets it. This is why the Republicans should be very worried. I think John Kerry’s campaign was a little bit slow. That is not the case in 2008, the Democrats clearly understand the Hispanics’ relevance,” said Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of NDN.

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Kansas City InfoZine…

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The number of Hispanic voters in Florida is growing — and many are registering independent. New Hispanic voters are often choosing to be independents, increasing their numbers in Miami-Dade from 18 percent to the current 27 percent.In still heavily Democratic Broward County, Hispanic voters have more than doubled, from 5 percent in 2000 to the current 13 percent, or 124,100 voters. They, too, are largely registering Democratic. The findings by the national nonpartisan Hispanic civil engagement and voter registration group detail the changes and the importance of the Hispanic vote in the upcoming presidential election…

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Miami Herald.com

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Obama didn’t say Americans should solve the problems of immigrant children who don’t speak English. He said “everybody” should learn two or three languages. Included in “everybody” would be children who speak only Spanish. How can it possibly be a bad thing for a Spanish-speaking child to learn English? To oppose that, one must be stupid, mean or both.

Leading conservative blogs attracted posts like these:

• Bull. English is the language of commerce and should stay that way.
• Everyone should be bilingual. Why? I live in America and I don’t plan on living anywhere else. As long as I live in America, speaking English is sufficient.
Conservatives, of all Americans, should know that prosperity results from innovation and free trade. More and better communication and education can only bolster the tenets of prosperity. Conservatives should know that bilingual people have more options than those constrained by a single language….

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Gazzete.com -Colorado Springs

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