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Obama Maxing Out on Hispanic Support

Polls show current president with 50 point lead among key demographic


Good news for President Barack Obama and his attempts to win over what may very well be a crucial demographic for the fall election. Recently released polls indicate Obama has a large lead over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters.

A poll commissioned by liberal blog Daily Kos and the SEIU union shows Obama with a 50% lead on Romney among Latino voters, 72% to 22%. Perhaps more surprising, a poll from a more neutral source, Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP, gives Obama an even more staggering lead among Hispanics. In that poll, Obama held a 68 point advantage, leading Romney 80% to 22%.

Many pundits believe this may be close to the highest numbers Obama could possibly get from Hispanic voters. In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Latinos by a 67% to 31% margin. If the current poll figures hold, Obama would surpass his 2008 performance among Hispanics.

Both Democrats and Republicans have been fighting fiercely over Hispanic voters, with Obama’s campaign launching Spanish language ads in swing states like Florida, Colorado and Arizona. Perhaps the only good news in these poll figures for Romney is that he can only go up from here.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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