by: John Rodriguez
A race between current President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney for the 2012 election is on its way, but until November when this country’s next President will be decided both contenders are hitting the campaign trail trying to persuade votes from American citizens. Currently, both candidates are trying to attract votes from the Latino community. Estimated to be one of the largest communities in the United States, the Latino community has become a focus for both parties believing the vote for the win lies in them. However, for one candidate the community is not responding.
With Obama’s administration making a major historical impact some weeks ago by changing some immigration mandates Obama acquired some support from the Latino community. Meanwhile, a recent poll taken revealed Mitt Romney is failing to snag the Latino vote. Acquiring only 27 percent, the Latino community is not responding to any of Romney’s attempts to sway the community…or what little attempts he has made is not winning over any new voters.
The poll presented by USA Today shows that while 27% of Latinos will or would vote for Romney around 51% of Latino voters in the country are identifying themselves as “independents” avoiding being placed into the 32% who identify themselves as Democrats and 11% who list themselves as Republicans.
While there is some hope Romney could sway some of the 51 percenters over, it is questionable whether or not he can acquire Latino votes considering his recent anti-Dream Act statement including unfavorable comments made about the recent Immigration rule changes. But who knows what can happen from now until November. Until then will have to wait and see.