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Last night’s Univision debate between Andrew Romanoff and Rep. Mike Coffman was groundbreaking and surreal. Only a few years ago, this congressional district was represented by Tom Tancredo. It is a stunning example of what Gary Segura of Latino Decisions likes to say… “demography is relentless.”
In addition to symbolizing the growing importance of Latino voters, the debate also solidified the central importance of the immigration issue to this community. More than half of the 30-minute contest was dedicated to the issue of immigration, as was most of the post-debate analysis. Coffman was relentlessly grilled on the disconnect between what he says and what he has done. His answers were thin and mostly involved blaming others, while hiding behind a supportive statement from Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
Here’s how the debate played out on twitter: