Fight Brewing For Hispanic Votes in Colorado
The two candidates for November’s president election are vying for the Hispanic vote in Colorado. President Obama is promoting the role of his administration in helping small Hispanic-owned businesses to open and the number of Hispanics he has appointed to positions in the federal government.
Colorado voters could help decide for which candidate Colorado ends up voting for in the election for the presidency. Obama won decisively in Colorado during 2008 by over 200,000 votes, becoming only the second Democrat since 1964 to win the state. However, his support has been dwindling among other groups of electorate in the state and the president finds himself having to rely more and more on the support of Hispanics to clinch Colorado in this year’s election.
Obama is flooding the state with radio and TV ads in Spanish and has amassed hundreds of volunteers for Hispanic-outreach to work the phone banks and go from home to home registering voters from the 15 different offices in the state, which will soon increase to 40.
In a May 23 visit to Denver, Obama met with 30 or more Hispanic leaders from the state in a private meeting. The White House will be making more calls on those same leaders as the election approaches. The Republicans in the state are just beginning to get the word out about Mitt Romney to the Hispanic voters, but vow to cover the entire state and focus on the economy and how it has hurt the small business owner.
This past week, Romney announced his leadership nationally for Hispanics and slammed the Obama administration repeatedly over the jobless rate that Hispanics are suffering under compared to the national rate.