The Latino electorate made the difference yesterday for Senator Obama in three battleground states: Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Florida. All four of these states went for President Bush just four years ago, and this time around they turned blue for Senator Obama. Clearly, a majority of Latinos did not have a problem voting for a black candidate, contrary to the speculation that there is/was a substantial black-brown divide.
Andres Ramirez of NDN has done a quick analysis detailing how Latinos voted in this general election compared to four years ago. It is projected that we will continue to see an increase in Latino political participation and that our growing community is becoming solidly Democratic. It seems that the hateful rhetoric on immigration coming from the Republican Party could very well backfire in the solidly red state of Arizona and Texas down the line.
Check out this chart courtesy of NDN: