The conventional wisdom gives Hillary Clinton an edge over Barack Obama in the Latino community because of racial tensions between blacks and Hispanics.
But Roberto Lovato suggests a different explanation. He covers Latino electoral politics for New America Media.
Lovato: “Barack Obama’s just barely starting his national career and is an unknown quantity to many of us and hasn’t been to our communities yet. The Clintons have brand recognition; they have history; and they have networks built up voter time. That’s a hard thing to fight.”
That’s borne out by a Field Poll released earlier this week. It showed Clinton with a huge lead over Obama among Latinos, 59 to 19 percent.
Clinton campaigned in Salinas earlier this week, where she picked up the endorsement of the United Farm Workers union.