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As Dems lose Latinos, Senate could follow


As Dems lose Latinos, Senate could follow
October 30, 2014, 06:00 am
By Alexandra Jaffe

Democrats have lost their grip on Hispanic voters heading into Election Day—and in turn could lose the Senate because of them.

Even though Latinos split heavily for their party in 2012, mounting evidence suggests Hispanics could sit the midterms out after immigration reform has fallen from the White House agenda.  

“There’s no question it’s going to affect Democrats in this midterm. There’s no one to blame but Democrats themselves,” said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Hispanic engagement group Presente Action.

A Pew poll out Wednesday revealed Democrats suffered an eight-point drop in support from Hispanic voters nationwide since 2010, down to 57 percent. Meanwhile, Republicans gained six points over the past four years, with 28 percent now saying they support a generic Republican House candidate.

The new survey provided hard numbers for the anecdotal evidence that President Obama’s delay of executive action to halt deportations of illegal immigrants is coming back to haunt Democrats.

The frustration with the president and his party among Hispanics is palpable and increasingly visible. In recent weeks, Obama has faced multiple hecklers shouting their frustration after the White House punted an executive order until after the November elections.

Carmona said he’s already seeing fallout from the prolonged inaction and broken promises from President Obama and congressional Democrats on immigration reform, and that “the president’s ongoing broken promises have certainly depressed the engagement in the Latino community.”

“We’re fighting an uphill battle here,” he added.