Now, I won't go so far as to suggest that John McCain choose California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia as his running mate just to get the Hispanic vote. I am curious about the Hispanic vote with Hillary now beaten down by Barack Obama's Democrats.
McCain's got a shot at the Hispanic voteMoreover, recent polling data suggest that California Hispanics are up-for-grabs. A recent LA Times poll found McCain trailing Obama in the California Hispanics category by only 14%.
Post-Hillary it's increasingly looking like Republican John McCain himself may have a shot at the large and increasing Hispanic vote. This from The Hill, June 11:Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Obama’s Republican opponent, is also liked by Latinos. He co-sponsored with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) the immigration bill that the CHC is demanding, which would put the country’s 12 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. And he did not buckle under pressure to abandon that position during the GOP primary.
Cecilia Munoz, the senior vice president of research, advocacy and legislation with the National Council of La Raza, said whether McCain can win over large enough numbers of Latino voters is “still an open question.”
“But Latinos are brand-loyal, and after the Clinton brand, the McCain brand is the second-strongest among Latinos because of his military service and his immigration record,” Munoz said.
Although I would still prefer Sarah Palin due to her strongly conservative positions, this like many posts over the last two months raises the distinct possibility that John McCain will fare much better than expected in California and other border states.