The reason I’m not that upset about last night’s results is that I think Republicans are fucked if they can’t get more of the Latino vote. They did horribly last night in that regard and it’s why Democrats didn’t do so badly out west:
<p>Reid got an amazing 90% of the state’s 12% Hispanic voters, according to exit polls; Sharron Angle got just 8%.</p><p> And as Democrats talk today of a “Western Firewall,” the trend that stands out is the disastrous Republican collapse among Hispanic voters. Hispanics make up over a third of the California electorate, and Meg Whitman’s dismal peformance — she got just 31% of the vote — gave Jerry Brown his margin. Carly Fiorina got just 28%.</p><p> And Hispanic candidates out West didn’t make much difference for Republicans. Brian Sandoval did better than Angle, but wound up with a mere 33% of the Hispanic vote in Nevada. Similar stats for New Mexico aren’t available, but regional patterns suggest that Susanna Martinez didn’t break the trend.</p>
In a Republican wave year, Republican candidates who are themselves Latinos can’t get over a third of the Latino vote. Democrats need to start pushing harder on comprehensive immigration reform. Even if they can’t get something passed (I hope they do because the current situation is awful for a lot of families), it’s a winning political issue.