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Pew Hispanic Center: Hispanics won Texas for Clinton

Pew Hispanic Center: Hispanics won Texas for Clinton
7 March 2008
María González-Escareño

LAREDO, March 7 - Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would have not won primaries in crucial states Texas and California without the Hispanic vote, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report released Friday.

The report, The Hispanic Vote in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries, found that in the Super Tuesday primaries on Feb. 05 and in the Texas primary on March 04, Latinos voted for Clinton over Obama by a ratio of about 2 to 1, or 63 percent to 35 percent.

The Hispanic vote was especially important for Clinton in Texas and California, says the report. It outlines the marked voter turnout in the Hispanic community. Hispanic voters in California comprised 30 percent of the turnout, up from 16 percent in 2004. In Texas, the Hispanic vote went up from 24 percent in 2004 to 32 percent in 2008.

Of note, the report found that Hispanic voters in Super Tuesday Democratic primaries were younger than voters in other racial and ethnic groups. More than one-in-five Hispanic voters on Super Tuesday were between the age of 17 years and 29 years, and more than half of all Hispanic voters were younger than 45. Hispanics between the age of 17 years and 29 years, voted heavily for Clinton over Obama, 62 percent to 37 percent on Super Tuesday, in contrast to their white and black counterparts.

Hispanics were also more likely than whites to say that a candidate's gender was important to their voting decision on Super Tuesday. Hispanics who said gender was important were more likely to vote for Clinton than those who said gender was not important. The report also found that more Hispanics than whites said the economy is the most important issue in the country, 53 percent to 45 percent respectively.

The report assesses the voter turnout, demographic characteristics, opinions and voting patterns of the Hispanic electorate in Democratic primaries and caucuses held to date in 2008. To view the report, visit www.pewhispanic.org.

Other Resources

Pew Hispanic Center, February 2008. Hispanics in the 2008 Election Fact Sheets. Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center.

Paul Taylor and Richard Fry. Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?. December 2007. Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center.

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