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Democrats Court Crucial Latino Vote

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News Headlines: Jan. 29, 2007

Talk About It:
Wall Street Journal: Two Plays for Latino Vote — The battle among Democrats for the Latino vote is kicking into high gear. Sen. Hillary Clinton is counting on Latino voters to play a decisive role as several big states vote Feb. 5. Sen. Barack Obama is battling to overcome Sen. Clinton's lead and decades of hostility between Latinos and African-Americans in some major cities."

As the article puts it, "Blacks and Latinos have been at odds for decades in neighborhoods like South Central in Los Angeles, where the population has shifted from black to Hispanic."

And as Clinton pollster Sergio Bendixen told The New Yorker: "The Hispanic voter — and I want to say this very carefully — has not shown a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates."

Accepting that "the Latino vote" is no more monolithic than "the black vote," how do you think this block of voters will impact the election?

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