Latino voters will drive 2013 political agenda

NBC Latino

This may sound obvious, but it is often overlooked in many post-election talks — Latinos did not vote as a separate Latino entity, as if the nation’s Hispanics were all in a vacuum.  “The focus has been as if these were actors operating in a void and it was all about their identity, when in fact we know that in this go-around, the nature of coalition building was a critical factor,” said Robert Suro, director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and a professor at the University of Southern California.

Whether it was in  response to their state’s immigration law or each party’s position on health care, Latinos were part of  a larger swath of voters who at least this year, coalesced around primarily Democratic positions, especially on immigration, the economy and social issues.  “Ideas matter,” said Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles,  Aguilar…

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