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GOP’s Response to Obama’s Executive Action Could Define 2016 Election

Last night, President Obama announced his long-anticipated administrative orders on immigration reform, expected to include changes with regard to which immigrants the federal government prioritizes for detention and deportation, and specifically the temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States more than five years, have no criminal record, and […]

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18 Senate and Governor races Latinos could influence in 2014

The 2014 election is now just 8 days away and almost all the attention on the Latino vote is in Colorado’s Senate race.  While other states with large Latino populations may not have competitive Senate races in 2014, the Latino population is not just a phenomenon in the Southwest. 14 years ago, the 2000 Census […]

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NEW POLL: Latino Voters on Midterm Elections, Immigration, and 2016 Presidential Contenders

Washington, DC – On a press call/webinar today, Matt Barreto, Co-Founder of Latino Decisions, and Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, discussed the results of a new nationwide poll of 600 Latino voters that provides fresh data on overall Latino voter enthusiasm; party preference in Congressional and Senate races; and how the politics of immigration […]

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Federal Court relies on Barreto-Sanchez expert report in striking down Texas voter ID law

Matt Barreto and Gabe Sanchez authored an expert report in the Veasey v. Perry lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law, which was cited by a federal judge in striking down the law.  Barreto and Sanchez conducted a statewide survey of eligible voters in Texas and found that African Americans and Hispanics were statistically more […]

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Latino voter enthusiasm in Florida high – Crist leads Scott 53 to 29

The U.S. Census reports that Latino turnout in Florida in 2010 was 70% and today 73% of registered Latinos say they are “almost certain” to vote according to a new poll released by the National Council of La Raza Action Fund and the National Council of La Raza.  Historically, Florida has had competitive elections with better outreach […]

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Seriously flawed Latino polling in Georgia leads to wildly incorrect speculation

This piece was originally posted at HuffPost Pollster, October 6, 2014 Georgia has more than 900,000 Latinos and more than 270,000 Latinos eligible to vote in 2014.  For good reason, analysts have begun to identify Georgia as a battleground state where Latino votes could help determine the outcome of the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections this November. […]

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Did Dems miss an opportunity for Latino mobilization?

On June 30, 2014 president Obama announced that if Congress did not pass comprehensive immigration reform that he would implement an administrative order providing temporary legal status to millions of undocumented by the end of summer and before the November 2014 election. As late as August 28, 2014 White House officials suggested to the media […]

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The Method Matters: Evidence from Latino Voter Turnout Experiments

A common belief inside campaigns is that lower propensity voters just won’t show up in a midterm election. This thinking is misguided and only serves to create a cycle in which campaigns fail to reach out to voters who are most in need of outreach. Previous field experiments have demonstrated repeatedly that low-propensity Latino voters […]

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How to Get Out the Latino Vote: Evidence from Field Experiments

During midterm elections, Latino voter turnout is known to lag below that of other racial groups in the United States, despite a growing population. In 2010 the census estimates Latino turnout was 61% among registered voters, compared to 70% turnout for the population as a whole. In contrast, Latino turnout had surged to a high […]

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Ayón analysis on Obama administrative relief on immigration

Latino Decisions now provides a regular column in Spanish to the Univision television network news website Noticias.Univision.com, written by Latino Decisions Senior Strategist, David R. Ayón.  The latest column, published on July 31, notes how Latino voters responded to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in the presidential election of 2012, confirmed by the poll […]

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