Pro-Arizona Immigration Rhetoric Will Haunt Republicans
Look at what happened in
In both states, some of the most closely watched Republican primaries were won by hard-liners who support Arizona-style anti-immigration laws, or by moderates who shifted to the right and backed tougher anti-immigration laws shortly before the vote under pressure from the conservative wing of their party.
How are these Republican candidates going to woo Hispanic voters in November?
Granted, Hispanics nationwide vote heavily Democratic -- President
You don't have to be a political wizard to figure that Democrats will put out ads in Hispanic media in coming weeks painting Republicans as the anti-Hispanic party that wants to enact Arizona-styled laws throughout the country and that is calling for denying U.S. citizenship to U.S.-born children of undocumented residents. And they will have plenty of primary-race TV footage to back up their claims.
That's bound to energize Hispanic voters to get out to the polls and vote Democratic in November, when the Obama administration will desperately need them to avert a possible Republican takeover of
A KEY WINNER
One of the key winners of Tuesday's primaries was
In addition to his other troubles -- his company was involved in one of the country's biggest health-care fraud scandals and paid
In addition to energizing Hispanic Democrats, the Republican candidates' pro-
McCollum, who was backed by the national and state Republican establishment, may have lost the Republican primary race precisely because he embraced the
Key state Republican leaders such as former governor
As a result, the overall turnout in heavily Hispanic Dade County -- a McCollum stronghold -- in Tuesday's primary was only 17 percent, against a statewide turnout of 21 percent, they say.
"The worst mistake in McCollum's political career was the ridiculous political ploy of presenting an
My opinion: While polls show that Republicans will do well in November because of the country's overall unhappiness with the economy and high unemployment, the anti-immigration rhetoric will cost them many Hispanic votes.
I, for one, will find it hard to vote for Republican candidates unless the party abandons its one-sided immigration stance.
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