Three Hispanic Republicans Likely to Win Statewide Races

October 29, 2010 04:14

Few, if any, have analyzed that while the Republican Party has three Hispanic candidates likely to win statewide elections next Tuesday, according to RealClear Politics’ average of polls, the Democratic Party has none.

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Three Republican Hispanic candidates are well-position to make history in next Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

Most analysts have chosen to dissect how Hispanics might or might not vote. They argue about how many may turn out to vote, and whether they will vote mainly for Republican or Democratic candidates.

Few, if any, have analyzed that while the Republican Party has three Hispanic candidates likely to win statewide elections next Tuesday, according to RealClear Politics’ average of polls, the Democratic Party has none.

All three Hispanic Republican candidates have double digit, or close to, double digit leads in their campaigns. They are:

· Marco Rubio, the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, who has an 11.7% lead over his closest opponent in a three man race to see who will be Florida’s next Senator.

· Brian Sandoval, was a former United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, and first Hispanic federal judge. He gave up his lifetimes appointment to run for governor of Nevada. Sandoval is leading his Democratic rival by 16.3 %. His opponent, Rory Reid, is the son of Senate President Harry Reid, who is also running for re-election.

· Susana Martinez , the District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, who has a 9.3% lead on her Democratic rival in the race to become the next governor of New Mexico.

Never before, at least in recent history, have three Hispanic Republicans been so close to winning statewide races in three separate states. Each in his or her own right has had brilliant political careers. Now all three might coincide and share the spotlight next Tuesday, if the elections confirm what the polls are showing.

Rubio has captured more of the attention of the mainstream media because of his support from the Tea Party movement, and because he forced incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Christ to abandon the Republican Party to run as an Independent, because Rubio was so far ahead of him in the polls.

Rubio is the typical story of a Cuban exile family. His official biography says that he “was born in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover. When he was eight years old, Rubio and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where his father worked as a bartender at the Sams Town Hotel and his mother as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel. In 1985, the family returned to Miami where his father continued working as a bartender at the Mayfair House Hotel until 1997. Thereafter he worked as a school crossing guard until his retirement in 2005. His mother worked as a Kmart stock clerk until she retired in 1995.” Not precisely a story of privilege and a silver spoon.

Grover Norquist, president of the fiscally conservative Americans for Tax Reform, praising Rubio as “the most pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country.” He is a staunch conservative and a favorite of the Tea Party movement.

Sandoval was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President George W. Bush in October 2005, becoming the state’s first Hispanic federal judge. In his biography he explains that he is “so committed to restoring integrity and common sense to the Governorship that he is the first federal judge in Nevada to give up a lifetime appointment to the bench. Prior to serving as a federal judge, Sandoval was Nevada’s Attorney General.”

He said he had entered the race for Governor “to get Nevada working again – by diversifying our economy, maintaining a business-friendly environment and reforming education.”

Martínez was first elected District Attorney in 1996, “garnering nearly 60% of the vote. She has been re-elected three times, running unopposed for the office in 2008. She has shown a proven ability to earn the votes of people from all backgrounds – winning several elections as a Republican in a county where Republicans are outnumbered 3 to 1. Susana’s hard work has earned her the respect and support of New Mexicans across the political spectrum as a leader who can bring people together, while fighting for what is right.”

Her biography said that “the New Mexico media has referred to Susana’s candidacy for governor as a ‘game changer’ and the Las Cruces Sun-News said that she is ’someone with real credentials to handle the job of governor.’”

While analysts debate how Hispanics will vote, the GOP has three Hispanic candidates that will attract many Hispanics to their side, and still have the talent to attract independent voters as well as non-Hispanic white and black voters.

The Americano / Agencies

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