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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Romney loses one he needed to win

Tough immigration stance hurts him with Cuban Americans

By Bob Novak
Chicago Sun-Times


Florida's primary was the one former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney badly needed going into next week's 21-state Mega Tuesday. Instead, his loss by a slim margin to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) sends McCain into the Feb.5 showdown with a leg up on the Republican presidential nomination.

8 Comments:

Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

Horse manure, Bob. I have a number of acquaintances with contacts in the Latino community, including the Miami's Cuban community. They attest unanimously that legal immigrants were insulted by McCain's amnesty bill. Furthermore, Martinez is generally disliked and regarded with a great deal of suspicion within the legal immigrant community.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:47:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Well, Miami's Cuban community voted overwhelmingly for McCain...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

And you know this how?

I thought it was a secret ballot.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

McCain won the precincts in Miami's Cuban community. During the election, he was backed by the US House Representatives that represent Miami's Cuban community.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

McCain won the precincts in Miami's Cuban community. During the election, he was backed by the US House Representatives that represent Miami's Cuban community.

Source?

My own personal sources indicate that is not true.

In any case, my response of horse manure was to Bob's assertion that Romney's anti-immigration stance was what lost him the primary. Novak's battling polls are contradictory. The Cuban community in Miami tends to be very conservative. The media is claiming that Romney won among conservatives.

Sorry, any assertions of who voted for whom are pure guesswork.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Dade County is home to Florida’s Cuban community and most Florida Hispanic Republicans. According to Dade County's election site, McCain won with 49%, Giuliani had 26% and Romney had approx 16%.

http://enr2.clarityelections.com/Default.aspx?page=S&c=miamidade&eid=276

I would say Romney's anti-immigration stance didn't help matters in Florida. Oh well, that's how the ball bounces sometimes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

There is nothing in any of that demonstrating that the Cuban community came out for McCain. You say there are a lot of Cubans living in Dade County and McCain won there, so the Cubans must have voted for him. Can you understand that your conclusion is not logical (or backed by any facts)? There are also a lot of homosexuals living in Dade County. I don't hear anyone asserting that they came out for McCain.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Go look at the precinct numbers in Dade County, Steve. There are plenty of sources for this info. With that said, if you want to take the word of your sources, then so be it.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:17:00 PM  

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