Presidential Election Not Courting Latino Voters in California


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
With national polls indicating the race between George W. Bush and John Kerry is a statistical tie, both campaigns recognize that Latino voters could provide the margin of victory. Sensing that it’s still up for grabs Bush and Kerry are concentrating on the Latino vote in places like Florida, and New Mexico. But that voting block is being ignored in California, which has the largest Latino population in the country. Luis Arteaga of the Latino Issues Forum says the reason is simple.  ARTEAGA :11—Because California is showing itself to be so strongly democrat this year. Where Latinos are playing a key role are in those battleground states of which several has significant Latino populations.  Some resent being ignored, but Arteaga says most Latinos are encouraged to see that the major parties have recognized the importance of their vote to a national election. He also points out that because it’s not a battleground state, voters of all ethnicities in California are being discounted in this election. Bob Hensley KXJZ News. In this presidential campaign Latinos in some states are being courted by both parties as the never have before. But as Bob Hensley reports California is not one of them. Body : With the polls indicating that the race between George W. Bush and John Kerry is a statistical tie, both campaigns recognize that Latino voters could provide the margin of victory. Sensing that it’s still up for grabs Bush and Kerry are concentrating on the Latino vote in places like Florida, and New Mexico. But in California, which has the largest Latino population in the country, that voting block is being ignored. Luis Arteaga of the Latino Issues Forum says the reason is simple. ARTEAGA :11—Because California is showing itself to be so strongly democrat this year. Where Latinos are playing a key role are in those battleground states of which several has significant Latino populations. Some resent being ignored but Arteaga says most Latinos are encouraged to see that the major parties have recognized the importance of their vote to a national election. He also points out that because this isn’t a battleground state, voters of all ethnicities in California are being discounted in this campaign. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.