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President Barack Obama at a campaign event in Redwood City, Calif., May 23, 2012
A conservative group is capitalizing on President Obama's less-than-popular record on immigration as a way to appeal to Latino voters, while Republican candidate-apparent Mitt Romney is talking up the economy as an alternate way of reaching out to Latinos. But in spite of all this, a new poll suggests that Romney still has much ground to cover.
Released by NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo, the poll shows 61 percent of 300 Latino adults surveyed earlier this month supporting Obama for reelection, versus 27 percent who support Romney. Among other things, a majority of respondents gave Obama the thumbs-up for his handling of the economy. And as for his recently-stated position in support of same-sex marriage, that didn't appear to make much of a difference.
A few highlighted questions and results from the poll:
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Mitt Romney, March 2010
Now that Rick Santorum has dropped out the race and Mitt Romney is fairly assured of the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign seems to be working double-time to woo Latino voters.
It's not going to be easy. Throughout his campaign so far, Romney has taken a hard line on immigration, alienating Latino voters on an issue that may not rank as high as the economy, but is one that Latinos tend to take personally. And while immigration has been a sore point for both Romney and President Obama, Latino voters still favor Obama by a wide margin.
But recent developments in the Romney camp suggest there will be a heavy focus on reaching Latino voters as November nears, starting with:
1) Romney distancing himself from Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and activist attorney who has written many recent state anti-illegal immigration laws. From ABC News: