If you didn’t catch it, Mel Martinez was on Meet the Press this morning. And, Mel had this to say about his party and Hispanic voters:
“Hispanics are going to be a more and more vibrant part of the electorate and our party better figure out a way to talk to them…Sen. McCain did not deserve what he got, he valiantly fought for immigration reform, but the (anti-immigration) voices in our party, if they continue we’re going to be relegated to minority status.”
[Insert obvious joke about Republican minority status here.]
So, here’s the breakdown on Hispanic voters in FL for you.
- Nationally, Kerry only won 53% of the Hispanic vote; Kerry won just 44% of Florida Latinos. Latino voters were 8% of the national electorate in 200; 15% of the FL electorate.
- In 2006, in the general gubernatorial election, Davis and Crist each won 49% of the Latino vote. Latinos were 11% of the electorate.
- Obama won 67% of the Hispanic vote nationally; in Florida, Obama won 57% of their vote. Nationally, Latino voters were 9% of the electorate; in Florida, they made up 14%.
Another fun note to make is that 2008 was the first time in which there were more registered Hispanic Dems in Florida than Hispanic Republicans- by a 100k margin.
And although these statistics don’t take into account the differences between Cuban and non- Cuban Latino voters in Florida, it does give a good overview of how the Latino vote helped Obama to carry Florida and win the White House. It also shows why Florida Democrats need to nominate candidates that can win over the Hispanic voters of the state.