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NEW ANALYSIS: In 2016 the GOP Nominee Will Likely Need 47% of the Latino Vote Nationally to Win the Popular Vote

Latino Decisions Unveils Updated Models on the Threshold the GOP Must Meet to Take Back the White House As immigration continues to insert itself as a defining issue in the presidential election cycle, many have been left to speculate what this means for the Republican Party’s efforts to improve its competitiveness with Latino voters.  Today, … Continue reading »

RNC’s Response to Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rant? “Welcome!” Most 2016 GOP Candidates? Silence.

Yesterday, the latest GOP candidate for President in 2016 accused a majority of America’s undocumented immigrants of being “rapists” — and not one single GOP competitor has yet to denounce him for it. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” reality television star and businessman Donald Trump claimed during his widely-panned announcement … Continue reading »

Hillary Clinton Can Win Latino Vote — But Must First Fully Embrace Immigration Action

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the 2016 Presidential race this past weekend, and where she stands on both immigration reform and immigration action will determine if Latino voters lean into her campaign — or tune out. As Latino Decisions has consistently noted, immigration is a “gateway” issue for the Latino voters. When 61% of … Continue reading »

Spanish Language Media React Strongly to GOP Efforts to Block Executive Action on Immigration

Jorge Ramos of Univision and La Opinion Make it Clear Who’s to Blame While the next steps of the judicial and legislative battle over the new immigration policies initiated by executive action are less than clear, what is already certain is that Spanish language media reaction is so strong that it should give pause to … Continue reading »

Latino Influence & the Politics of Immigration in the 2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Cross-posted from Latino Decisions: To date, much of the evidence suggestive of Latino electoral influence has focused on statewide races, particularly presidential elections in swing states such as Florida, Colorado, and Nevada. However, with no presidential election on the ballot in 2014, the ability of Latino voters, and by extension the politics of immigration, to … Continue reading »

Spanish Language Media Blasts GOP’s Anti-Immigrant Obsession

GOP Brand Plummets with One of the Fastest Growing American Voting Groups  Media outlets are closely covering – and criticizing – Republicans’ continued failures to advance a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill loaded with measures to block President Obama’s immigration executive actions. Beltway media outlets are highlighting Republican in-fighting between the House and the Senate … Continue reading »

Electoral Sweeps and Their Consequences: The Case of Nevada

Cross-posted from Latino Decisions: Is it possible for a politician to be too successful at the ballot box? This appears to be the case with Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. Thanks to a favorable political environment, low turnout among many traditional Democratic constituencies, and the inability of Nevada Democrats to recruit a serious challenger, Sandoval … Continue reading »

Snapshot of Polling and Public Opinion on Immigration Executive Action & Larger Debate

Last updated: February 12, 2015 Examining a range of recent polling and public opinion research on immigration finds a few consistent takeaways: On executive action: A majority of the American public backs the president’s executive actions on immigration, while simultaneously opposing Republican attempts to block or overturn the step forward.  As is true for any … Continue reading »

ICYMI from Jorge Ramos: “Republicans, This is Personal”

In a new column posted on Fusion’s website titled “Republicans, This is Personal,” journalist Jorge Ramos explains why immigration is such a personal and passionate issue for many Latinos in America.  Ramos, who has been called everything from the “Walter Cronkite of Hispanic news” to the “Mexican Anderson Cooper,” offers a warning to the Republican Party … Continue reading »