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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hispanics were key to McCain's victory

(MiamiHerald.com) - John McCain won Florida's Republican primary with the help of the state's wildly popular governor, his own war-hero biography and some crafty campaigning.

Hillary Clinton won the Democrats' vote on the strength of her experience, her race and a campaign that oddly wasn't a campaign at all.

The strange race for the presidency -- some late Republican mudslinging, no slinging of anything by Democrats -- has exited the biggest swing state for now, giving the nation a glimpse of the issues and ideas on the minds of voters of all stripes heading into Super Tuesday.

In Florida, both candidates can thank one group above all others for their win: Hispanics.

Hispanics backed Clinton by a 2-to-1 margin over Barack Obama, according to exit polls conducted by Edison/Mitofsky for the National Election Pool. Pollsters say the Hispanic vote reflects a fondness for Bill Clinton's White House years and a long-standing trend of voting against black candidates.

The Hispanic numbers were even more striking for McCain: 51 percent of Hispanics backed him, with 15 percent supporting Mitt Romney, who came in a close second statewide, and 25 percent for Rudy Giuliani.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the premiere requirements for being a journalist is the ability to remain stubbornly ignorant of all facts and to blindly write total blather in a vacuum.

In site of all of the evidence that exit polls are completely unreliable and, in many case, just plain false, political journalists still love to use them to prove their utterly specious flights of fancy. To often, though, these fantasies become self-fulfilling reality as the sheeple allow journalists to lead them around by the nose.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Nature Boy said...

I agree with you about the exit polls, but according to the vote totals out of Dade County, FL, McCain cleaned up in the Hispanic community.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...but according to the vote totals out of Dade County, FL...

Really? I haven't seen any vote totals that show how Hispanics voted. I wasn't aware that they tallied votes by ethnicity. In fact, I'm pretty sure the vote was a secret ballot and that the only thing the media has to go on is exit polls.

The media has an agenda with regard to this subject. They are trying to demonstrate that McCain's amnesty bill was more popular among legal immigrants than it actually was. I can't understand why anyone who is normally skeptical of anything the media reports would simply choose to believe this.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:12:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Other than your sources, what are your facts to back you up??? Looking at the actual vote totals in the precincts that represent Florida's Cubian community, McCain won big. Now, one would have to reason that the majority of voters in those precincts were hispanic, and McCain and Clinton won overwhelmingly in those precincts. So, myself and others conclude that McCain won the Hispanic vote. This reasoning makes more sense than what you are saying.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other than your sources, what are your facts to back you up???

Back what up? My skepticism that the Cuban community voted for McCain? That's based on simple logic (or more accurately, the lack thereof). I haven't seen anything but percentages in a few precincts. No numbers of voters, no turnout figures, nothing that substantiates a claim of McCain winning big with legal immigrants or even with the Cuban community. There is no more evidence of that than there is, as I stated before, that the homosexual community came out for McCain (or didn't).

Looking at the actual vote totals in the precincts that represent Florida's Cubian community, McCain won big.

How are you identifying these precincts as members of the Cuban community? How do you know how many Cubans represent those votes? How do you know that even if every one of the votes was Cuban, that it represents the majority of the Cuban community? Your logic is exactly like saying that because Charlotte's population is roughly 40% black, that 40% of Pat McCrory's votes for mayor came from blacks. It doesn't necessarily follow.

This reasoning makes more sense than what you are saying.

To journalists, pundits, and other spin-perpetrators, maybe, but not to anyone relying on facts and logic.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

I'm using facts and logic, Steve... Just because you disagree with them doesn't mean it's wrong. Go out and take a breath... chill. :-)

Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm using facts and logic, Steve...

No, Andy, you're not. You're using feelings and second-hand spin. You haven't offered a single germane fact and your logic is either non-existent or fatally flawed. You see, facts and logic are different than opinions. You cannot agree or disagree with them. They just are.

I have already decimated your nonexistent logic, so where are your facts?

Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:12:00 PM  

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