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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, November 07, 2002
2:03 PM

More on why upcoming former DNC chief Terry McCauliffe is wrong that "nothing has changed" and that the Republican victories, nearly from sea to shining sea, were merely tactical. Here's McCauliffe on the GOP and Hispanics via

"Folks, Democrats are in good shape and we look forward to the upcoming cycle," McAuliffe said. He said it looks like Republicans didn't even muster one-third of the Hispanic vote they got in 2000; whereas Democrats have "solidified" their relationship with Hispanics.

"After all that Republicans talked about and all their efforts and all their money and all their pandering for the Hispanic vote, it added up to absolutely nothing. Which just goes to prove that a party's political outreach is only as strong as its underlying values."

He said Republicans made "hollow gestures" toward Hispanics - gestures that failed because "Republicans simply can't manage and don't share our commitment to issues that matter to the Hispanic community..."

Here's Ellen Sorokin in the Washington Times:

Republicans won their seats, with a lot of help from the Hispanic community.

In Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush was re-elected with more than 60 percent of the Latino vote.

In New York, Gov. George E. Pataki was re-elected with nearly 50 percent of the Hispanic vote.

In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry was re-elected with more than one-third of the Latino vote, according to figures compiled by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Republican Sen. Wayne Allard, of Colorado, won El Paso County, which has about 58,400 Hispanics, by 53,445 votes. In Georgia, Rep. Saxby Chambliss won Gwinnett County, which has the largest Hispanic population, by 39,346 votes. In North Carolina, Elizabeth H. Dole won Wake County, the county with the state's second-largest Hispanic population by 22,405 voters, the RNC numbers show. More than $9 million was spent by gubernatorial, Senate, and House candidates on nearly 14,000 Spanish-language television spots, setting a nationwide record for non-presidential election years and numerous statewide records, said Adam Segal, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University and editor of the Johns Hopkins Journal of American Politics...

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