There's much talk about the Latino power in the US, that we are the most important minority, that we have more presence in Congress, slowly. And that our buying power is growing more than ever
But the truth of the matter is that by November there will be about 21 millions of Hispanics eligible to register to vote even though less than half may actually do it.En the 2008 elections, about 10 millions Latinos went to polls and gave their massive support to Barack Obama; about 67&, while only 27% voted for John McCain.
There are states where Latinos don't register to vote in the same proportion as the number of folks elegible. In Nevada, for example, only 42% of the Hispanics eligible to register to vote actually register. And in Virginia, the percentage is 35%.
These numbers are a problem and activists know that, like ben Monterroso, director of My Family Votes, in Denver, a group that targets Latinos to register and vote. 'Our potential in the polls is not beign maximize', he says.
The Obama campaign did not waist any time and last week launched its first ad in Spanish to reach to Latino voters.
in the meantime, Mitt Romney, the republican candidate, is saying that Obama is not going to get the same support from Latinos because the crisis has affected them more. He says they have lost their trust because he did not deliver on his promise of immigration reform. In fact, more immigrants have been deported under his Administration than any other Administration.
The truth of the matter is that Latino voters still support the President in spite of his broken promises. Most Hispanics reject the Republican's plans of deporting all of the undocummented and their idea of raising a wall on the Mexican border.
Source: Eduardo Orbea