Exit polls suggest Latino voters deserted the Republican candidates at nearly twice the rate of non-Hispanic whites during this month’s congressional elections, the Pew Hispanic Center said on Monday.
But the conventional wisdom that Hispanics were turned off by the party’s hard line on illegal immigration — and would deliver on the “Today we march, tomorrow we vote” cry from the spring’s protest marches — was not the decisive factor, some experts said.
Dissatisfaction over the economy and job creation, the war in Iraq and the Bush administration’s education policies proved more important to Hispanic voters than immigration issues, the William C. Velasquez Institute found in its exit polls of Latinos in Texas and seven other states that account for 82 percent of registered Latino voters.
Meanwhile, always-must-read Heather Mac Donald has a new myth-busting piece on the new Hispanic underclass.
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