Obama leads big with swing-state Latinos

By ALEXANDER BURNS |

6/22/12 5:59 AM EDT

Latino Decisions, which released a poll earlier this week showing the White House’s immigration announcement had stoked Latino enthusiasm for President Obama, is out with data this morning showing Obama ahead of Romney by big margins among Latino voters in the swing states. No huge surprises here, but more confirmation of what’s become a defining trend in the race:

New polling released June 22, 2012 by Latino Decisions and America’s Voice finds President Obama maintaining a wide lead over Republican Mitt Romney among Latino registered voters in five key battleground states.  The poll interviewed 400 Latinos each in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia – all states expected to be very competitive in 2012 where Latino voters could decide the outcome.  In Florida, the poll found Obama leading Romney by a margin of 53% to 37%, a slight increase from a 50% to 40% lead Obama held over Romney in a January 2012 Latino Decisions/Univision News poll in Florida.  In the five states combined Obama lead Romney 63% to 27%, however in southwestern battlegrounds of Arizona, Colorado and Nevada Obama performed even better.  In Arizona Obama received 74% to 18% for Romney, in Colorado he was favored by 70% to 22% and in Nevada 69% to 20%.  In Virginia, Obama lead 59% to 28% over Romney among Latino registered voters.

Obama won the Latino vote by 36 points nationally in 2008, which is the same margin he leads Romney overall across these five swing states (in 2008, Obama won Latinos 67 percent to John McCain’s 31 percent; here, he leads 63 percent to 27 percent.) Republicans are hopeful that Romney will be able to make at least some marginal headway before November, but right nowthe gap in Latino support between the candidates looks as wide as ever.

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