As we discussed last week here on the NSLB blog, the Hispanic voting population was in a position to significantly impact the outcome of the recent U.S. midterm elections. Although the results of last week’s elections seem to indicate that Republicans fared better than Democrats overall, Hispanic voters nevertheless played a crucial role in several victories for each party.
In Nevada, Senator Harry Reid won reelection despite intense criticism and public campaigns intended to unseat him. Reid’s victory has been attributed to many factors, not the least of which is the outpouring of support he received from the Hispanic community. According to Matt Barreto from Latino Decisions, the support of the Hispanic population was “absolutely the reason Harry Reid won.”
However, Nevada was not the only state where the Hispanic vote appears to have played a major role in the outcome. On the other end of the political spectrum, Republicans welcomed several Hispanic politicians to their list of electoral winners. For instance, Florida elected Marco Rubio to the Senate, and Texans voted in two new representatives, Francisco Canseco and Bill Flores.