NCLR 2012 Convention Latino activists give Obama huge lead over Romney
President Barack Obama is the presidential election choice of 80 percent of Latino civil rights activists, organizers and ordinary voters gathered at the National Council of La Raza Convention this week.
Only 10 percent of those who responded to the civil rights organization’s text message poll indicated that they plan to cast a ballot for Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, the nonpartisan advocacy organization said Monday.
The poll of 804 people who responded to text message inquires over the weekend is a decidedly small sample. And many of the activists and labor organizers who attended the NCLR conference are longtime Democrats. Still, the results show that Romney faces a huge uphill climb to win Latino voters and correct a deficit also seen in large, random-sample polls, NCLR officials said.
“Traditionally, Latinos have broken two-to-one for Democrats versus Republicans,” said Camilla Gallardo, an NCLR spokeswoman. “But Latinos also have a historically been willing to split the ticket and support candidates regardless of party affiliation,” Gallardo continued. “There are not so many examples of this in the recent past, but … the idea that Latinos will never vote for a Republican — we know that this is not true. But you have to work for it. Nothing is free.”
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