Matt Barretto: Accurately polling the Latino electorate is important not just to get a correct portrait of Latino voters, but because they are such a large part of the overall electorate.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: What is truly exceptional about Florida is that its Latino population is just as split; if there is one state where the balance of the presidency hangs on Latinos it is Florida.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: As a result of the continued Latino population growth, and in particular registered voters, Latinos could help the Democrats once again claim the Tar Heel state.
Rudy Acuna: With all of the hype around Latinos these days, how could Arizona have happened? I thought we had power.
Victoria Defranseco Soto: Republicans have also begun to read the demographic handwriting on the wall and through a softened approach to immigration seek to make Texas Democrats extinct.
Rudy Acuña: Much has been written about the growth of the Latino population and its voting power. But truth be told, Latinos are growing increasingly disaffected with government and most are cynical about its fairness.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The 2010 mid-term election demonstrated that immigration issues could be a potent political force within the GOP. Candidates across the country, and in particular in the South came into office by espousing harsh anti-immigration policies.
Rudy Acuña: As a group Latino politicos have not been especially progressive. Indeed, they have been less than courageous when it comes to police brutality and capital punishment.
Andrea Nill: The creation of only one new Latino district in a state where Latinos are driving population growth and will soon be the majority amounts to anything short of Republican gerrymandering.
Michele Waslin: States considering anti-immigrant legislation will have to reconsider whether forcing out immigrants is worth potentially losing a Congressional seat, federal funding for schools, roads, and infrastructure, and its reputation.
Mario Solis-Marich: The power of Latino voters has increased dramatically and for the first time in history the Democrats are in catch up mode with the nation’s newest voting bloc.
Andrea Nill: Many military experts have come out in support of the DREAM Act, which comprises the majority of undocumented immigrants.
Andrea Nill: Whitman’s stance on Proposition 187 is also a contradiction in itself. During her primary campaign, Whitman released an ad featuring former Gov. Pete Wilson (R-CA) who affirmed that Whitman will be “as tough as nails” on immigration. Wilson’s endorsement might have scored some points with right-wingers, but it also meant a lot to California Latinos who remember him backing Proposition 187.