Latino Voter Turnout Appears Strong in California Primary

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Latino voter turnout appears to be strong in yesterday's elections. They supported Hillary Clinton by a two-to-one margin over Barack Obama. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a few thirty-something Latinos gathered to watch election returns at a Los Angeles restaurant.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: I'm at Rudolpho's Restaurant in Silverlake, and I'm standing next to Fabiola Torres, who lives in Atwater Village. She's an instructor at Glendale Community College, and Fabiola, you seem to be the ringleader of all of this. Tell me what you're doing here.

Fabiola Torres: We gathered a bunch of friends to enjoy watching the excitement of our democratic process come to life. You know, we had Superbowl a couple days ago, and we have Super Tuesday today. So, for many of us, that's actually more exciting.

Guzman-Lopez: As you went to cast your ballot, what was forefront in your mind? What issues were you thinking of as you cast your ballot for presidential candidate?

Torres: For presidential candidate, I'm really looking for, you know, how would the United States represent itself in the world, and I think Obama would be the best, you know, symbol for America after eight years of being hated by the world.

Guzman-Lopez: And tell me, what's your name, and what you do?

Karen Anzoategui: I'm Karen Anzoategui. I'm an actor and a burlesque producer in Los Angeles.

Guzman-Lopez: And tell me Karen, as you cast your ballot today, what was forefront on your mind? What issues were you thinking of when you cast your ballot for president?

Anzoategui: I was thinking about how I'm very happy not to vote in fear this time. What I mean by that is I was really happy to vote for a candidate that I believed in that particular– I believe in that particular candidate, as opposed to thinking about who's going to possibly win, or who's going to lose if I vote for this one, and I really believe that he's a definite visionary for what's going on at this moment.

Guzman-Lopez: And sitting right next to Karen, with what looks like either a cosmopolitan or a bourbon sour, or something is Reina Prado.

Reina Prado: Hello!

Guzman-Lopez: Reina, where do you live? What do you do?

Prado: I live in Eagle Rock, and I'm an educator and an artist.

Guzman-Lopez: What do you think of what the candidates have been doing to get your vote, the Latino vote?

Prado: Well, I think on the national level, it was very interesting to see the Democratic party really being proactive and conducting debates in Spanish, and really reaching out to that voting bloc. More so than the Republicans.

Guzman-Lopez: Is there one Latino vote?

Prado: No. There is not one Latino vote, because I think if you were to look at Florida, you'd have a completely different discussion. (laughs)