We are lectured ad nauseum by the open borders Republicans about the electoral devastation that is looming if we fail to enact an amnesty program. They assert that our strong support for borders and immigration enforcement will drive away all Hispanic voters. Well, the Miami Herald observes that not only didn’t we get swamped by Hispanics; we actually won their vote outright in Florida. Both Marco Rubio and Rick Scott campaigned on their support for Arizona SB 1070. In fact, Rick Scott won his stunning upset over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum exclusively due to his promise of implementing a similar law in Florida. We were told that Scott would be viewed like David Duke by most Hispanic voters. To those who understand the importance of immigration enforcement, the election results are not surprising. Here is the exit polling data from Florida, as reported in the Miami Herald:
Republican Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American, got 55 percent of the Hispanic vote in the U.S. Senate race, compared to no-party Charlie Crist with 23 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek with 21 percent. Republican Rick Scott got 50 percent of the Hispanic vote in the governor’s race, while Democrat Alex Sink got 48 percent.
Also, in a separate exit poll conducted for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), 57% of respondents supported SB 1070, while only 36% opposed the tough immigration law. In Nevada, the margin of support was 60-33 and in Colorado it was 53-41. Keep in mind that these are all states with large Hispanic constituencies. You can read the full report here.
The bottom line is that these people are not Hispanics; they are Americans of Hispanic decent. When faced with a radical Democrat Party that has implemented job killing socialist policies, they joined in with other Americans to repudiate them. The way to win the Hispanic vote is to appeal to their strong work ethic, a natural conservative trait; not by pandering to them and engaging in identity politics.
Cross-posted to Red Meat Conservative