November 13th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Can the GOP win back Latino voters?

A new voter registers at a Democratic Party booth in September in Denver, Colorado.

A new voter registers at a Democratic Party booth in September in Denver, Colorado.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Si se puede.

Translation: Yes we can.

It was a common phrase used by Barack Obama and John McCain on the campaign trail this year as they tried to increase their outreach to Latino voters - an influential voting bloc.

But clearly, based on exit polling, those voters overwhelmingly said 'si se puede' for the Illinois senator. Latinos supported Obama 67 percent to 30 percent for McCain.

Obama did well with Latinos because they appear to disapprove of President Bush's job performance more than the rest of the country, said Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

About 80 percent of Latinos gave Bush negative marks, while 72 percent of all Americans do, exit polling showed.

The question remains: Did Latinos flock to Obama's message of change or did they simply leave the beleaguered Republican Party?

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Latinos
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. chris

    Who Cares!

    November 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. wakeupamerica

    No. The GOP has made it quite clear that they don't want to embrace ALL people. They cannot win any minority group because all they do is attack and create racial division, hatred and strife. The sad thing is John McCain was a victim of this race baiting / hatred by Bush/Cheney and yet he allowed it to go on within his campaign with his idiotic VP nominee. Why would any minority want to support that? Until the GOP can focus on real issues of importance to ALL of America and stop focusing soley on abortion and hate they will never get any minority voting bloc. Barack's message was crystal clear – we are the UNITED States of America.

    November 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. NB

    No. Forget about Latinos nobody is going to vote for them unless they send Sarah Palin back to Alaska.. That woman is going to Keep most of the people away from the republican party.

    November 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. joe

    The fact that idiots in the GOP are trying to run moose barbie in 2012. Shows that this election taught the GOP nothing

    November 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Gaylon Barrow

    Again who cares? They chose the route they want to take in thinking the GREAT man of change who knows know way of pulling that off will do something for them. I feel for them. But they need to do legal acts in the United States just like the rest of us have to do. If they can not come legally then don't come at all.

    November 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Steven

    The GOP has lost latino's for this generation through their anti-immigration policies. It is going to be a long time before latino's are willing to give them a shot–especially is the GOP continues represent extreme right social views. As a latino, I for one do not trust them at all.

    November 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Michael, Houston Texas

    No. Just think about it for second people. If I wanted to kick a whole race of people out of the country, build a Berlin style wall (and they call Dems Socialist) to keep that race out, blame that race for all the domestic problems that exist, racial profile against an entire race, critize a whole race for wanting to stay close to thier roots by speaking thier own language, and continue to support the oppression of that races family members who have not fled thier home countries? Then no they probably would not support me. To the entire Hispanic race, now you know why African Americans do not support the Republican party. Like what happen to you as a people, they did us the same way, promised you 40 acres and a mule and once you backed the Republican party and they took power, the wanted to rid themselves of you. I hate to see you, the Hispanic race, experience what we in the African Americans have been experiencing for centuries, but in a way, it is good because you got to experience the hypocrises of the Republican Party so you won't fall into that trap of lies ever again. Viva Obama!

    November 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Larry

    Simply tell them what they want to hear .That's what Obama has done,as Obama will prove,you don't have to do what you say.In four years everybody will be back to the Republican party.

    November 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Terri

    Republicans need the Latino vote. They'd better reinvent themselves quick before they get shut out completely.

    November 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. M. WINNERS

    No they can't win the Latino vote back – Most Latinos are Catholics not evangelical christians so Latinos know that they can never be a part of the inner workings of the "real neocon GOP" becasue of that...

    November 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Truth is ...

    Obama can only help 1 group at a time...

    So that means that African-Americans will go first...

    The Latinos will wait in line as always...

    (hey Palin – heres your chance to get jobs for them in Alaska)

    November 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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