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Obama's Latino Challenge

El Nuevo Herald, Posted: Jun 11, 2008

MIAMI -- One of Barack Obama's greatest challenges in the 2008 election will be conquering the Latino vote, writes Andrs Oppenheimer in his syndicated column, The Oppenheimer Report. Pollsters say Obama's biggest weakness within the Latino community lies with foreign-born Hispanics, who make up nearly half of the estimated 13 million registered Hispanic voters. To win in November, Obama needs not only to win the Hispanic vote in such key swing states as Florida, New Mexico and Colorado -- but to do so by larger-than-usual margins. A Gallup poll released last week shows that Obama beats McCain among Hispanics by 62 percent to 29 percent. The number of Hispanic voters in this year's primary season has tripled since the 2004 primaries, reports the New Democrat Network. Republicans, however, argue that McCain needs only to get close to the 38 to 40 percent of the Hispanic vote that President Bush won in the last two elections.



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