November 4th, 2008
10:49 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Latinos fleeing GOP

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Francisco Lopez puts up campaign signs outside a polling place in a Phoenix suburb Tuesday."]

(CNN) - Latino voters are increasingly fleeing the Republican Party, exit polls show.

Two-thirds of Latino voters nationwide voted for Barack Obama, while 30 percent picked John McCain. In 2004, President Bush captured 40 percent of the Latino vote.

Watch: Latinos flock toward Obama

The advantage could prove particularly decisive in Arizona and Florida, two states CNN has yet to call. Even in McCain's home state, 61 percent of Latinos voted against him. In Florida, where Latinos picked Bush over Sen. John Kerry in 2004, Obama is carrying 57 percent of the vote.

The reason Obama is doing so well with Latinos is because they appear to disapprove of Bush's job performance more than the rest of the country. About 80 percent give the president negative marks, while 72 percent of all Americans do.

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  1. DG Xu

    The election of Obama as president not only brings hope to the american people, but also to the world. Americans should be proud of their achievement in overcoming racial prejudice and the example that have just set for the whole world. They have turn a page in history and tell the world that everyone has the same opportunity in the US. I would like to congratulate the american people for electing the first african american president. I see greatness in Obama.

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
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