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Hispanic Friendly Candidates
Prevail In Mid-Term Elections.
marches followed up with Historic Hispanic Vote.
November 8, 2006
Lizette Jenness Olmos
(202) 833-6130 ext.16
elections confirmed growing Hispanic political
power in the United States with increased
representation in Congress.
“We are very excited to see
that we may now have an opportunity to pass
meaningful comprehensive immigration reform,
address negotiating Medicare Part D drug prices
and raise the minimum wage among other key
issues for Hispanics,” said LULAC National
President Rosa Rosales. “The voters exercised
their fundamental right to vote and chose
change. Yesterday we marched, yesterday we voted
and today we see change.”
More than half of voters said
that they believe illegal immigrants working in
the United States should be offered a chance to
apply for legal status, a position that was
supported by Bush but rejected by House
Republicans who have pushed an enforcement-first
approach to controlling illegal immigration.
Democratic candidates won support from six in 10
of those who backed a path to citizenship,
according to preliminary findings.
Latinos, meanwhile, made up
less than 10 percent of the national electorate,
and nearly three-quarters of them reported
voting for Democrats.
Analysts explained that
although the Latino vote in these elections does
not surpass five million, it is of decisive
importance in states where the contest is very
close coming down to the issues.
For the Hispanic community,
the largest minority group with a population of
approximately 43 million, the time came to
demonstrate their rejection of the
anti-immigration policies of the Republicans as
was seen with the defeat of Arizona Congressman
J.D. Hayworth of Arizona, conservative
anti-immigrant Congressional candidate Randy
Graff in Arizona’s 8th district losing the
election to the more moderate Democrat candidate
Gabrielle Giffords and Pennsylvania Senator Rick
Santorum losing to Democratic Congressional
candidate Bob Casey.
Even some Hispanics, who had
supported the Republicans, changed their vote to
Democrat as protest for the betrayal of the GOP.
The League of United Latin
American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and
largest Hispanic civil rights organization in
the United States. LULAC advances the economic
condition, educational attainment, political
influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic
Americans through community-based programs
operating at more than 700 LULAC councils
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