Harry Reid's comeback can be attributed to a strong campaign, feet on the ground, and Sharron Angle's bizarre policy ideas, but more than anything else, he should be thanking Latino voters today. From America's Voice Online:
Based on election eve polling of Latino voters by Latino Decisions, it is clear that Latino voters provided the margin of difference in a number of key races. Check out some of these interesting figures:
- In the Nevada Senate race, Harry Reid’s Latino margin over Sharron Angle was 90% - 8%. According to exit polls, Latino turnout was up from 12% of the electorate in the 2006 mid-terms to 15% in 2010.
- In the California Senate race, Barbara Boxer’s Latino margin over Carly Fiorina was 86% - 14%. Latino turnout was up from 19% of the electorate in 2006 to 22% of the electorate in 2010.
- In the Colorado Senate race, Michael Bennet’s Latino margin over Ken Buck was 81% - 19%. Latino turnout was up from 9% of the electorate in 2006 to 13% in 2010.
- In the California governor’s race, Jerry Brown’s Latino margin over Meg Whitman was 86% - 13%.
- In the Colorado governor’s race , John Hickenlooper’s Latino margin over Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes was 77% - 14% - 9%
Among all the calls for the President to be chastened and humble, this is probably a stronger message: Fight for Latinos, Democrats. Fight hard. Immigration reform, the DREAM Act, and jobs. Fight.