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Christie won 51% of the Hispanic vote

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Republicans are looking at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's success with Hispanics as a sign that the party can win back a growing voting bloc that has turned away from them in recent elections.

Christie won 51% of the Hispanic vote Tuesday on his way to cruising to a second term, according to a survey of voters as they left their polling places. That was a 19-point increase from his showing in 2009.

"Conservative Republicans can get a significant share of the Hispanic vote provided they reach out aggressively and campaign in Hispanic communities," said Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster.

Christie has long sought Hispanic support and spent more than $1 million on a Spanish-language ad campaign in this race. His victory comes as the GOP undergoes an effort to reshape its political approach after Mitt Romney's loss to President Obama in the 2012 election. Romney won 27% of the Hispanic vote last year, the lowest showing for a Republican presidential candidate in a two-person race since the 1970s.

The Republican National Committee hopes to build on its outreach in New Jersey, where staffers were dedicated to Hispanic outreach and bilingual voter contact to find new Republican voters. Izzy Santa of the RNC says 16 paid staffers have been deployed in eight states -- including California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania -- and are building coalitions with other organizations to make inroads with Hispanics.

Democrats say Christie's victory and strong showing with Hispanics is an "anomaly," driven by the "force of his personality" and popularity with New Jersey voters for the work he's done to rebuild the state after Superstorm Sandy.

"I don't think that is transferable to other candidates nor is it sustainable," said Mo Elleithee, communications director of the Democratic National Committee.

Democrats point to the Virginia governor's race as an example that the GOP rebranding effort isn't working. In that more competitive race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won 66% of Hispanic voters, compared with 29% for Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Those figures are based on a pre-election survey by Latino Decisions, which conducts polls and studies on Hispanic voters.

Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, are held up as examples of Republican politicians who appeal to Hispanics.

"If Republicans are identified as an anti-Hispanic party, and not just an anti-immigrant party, that will hurt them for decades," said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions and a University of Washington political scientist.

Contributing: Martha T. Moore

Rich Schultz, AP

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    November 7, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Who cares? Am I the only one who getting tired of politicians and the “news” medias dividing the citizens of the nation into neat little groups that can be played off against each other? When the ship (nation) is sinking, shouldn’t ALL hands man the pumps, lest we ALL go down together? Just askin’.

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  2. chieftainComment by chieftain
    November 7, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    The only reason that fat*ss Christie won 51% of the hispanic vote is because he told them he in favor of in-state college tuition rates for illegal aliens. I live in NJ and you don’t want to be living in this country with this doughnut as President. Such a RINO. Anyone in the Republican Party who votes for him has a fool as a voter. The way he has coddled up to Obama, he should shed his RINO clothes and switch to the Democratic Party where he really belongs.

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    • hillbillyComment by hillbilly
      November 7, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

      Chieftain, you are totally right. Christie is looking after Christie. He has demonstrated that time & again. He has run down conservative ideals for his selfish motives at every opportunity. You would think he would be ashamed to try to gain a nomination, but he has no shame. Personally, I am so sick & tired of “moderates” who support liberal ideals that I don’t see any reason to vote for any of them. Why should we if they’re not supporting us. Screw them & the horse they rode in on. Just the opinion of a broken down old man who’s sick & tired of whats going on in this once great country. Now, Obama & the Dims have turned us into a true Banana Republic.

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  3. specialk1Comment by specialk1
    November 7, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Hispanics come from a macho culture.
    If Ms. Buono had been a Democratic male 37% of the Hispanic vote would have been garnered by Crhis –who didn’t say he favored in-state tuition for all illegal immigrants in the nation.

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    • 440voltComment by 440volt
      November 7, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

      I don’t know about you, but this white boy comes from a pretty macho culture as well.

      And I think that Christie will make a fine running mate…for Hillery the hog!

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    • hillbillyComment by hillbilly
      November 7, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

      Specialk1, I think you have it wrong there. As the husband of a Latina lady for a “long” time, I’ve notice their cultures are mostly matriarchal. In short, the women tell the men what to do/the men are pussies. Latino men might think they are macho & their ladies let them do that, but, in the end, they do what their little lady says. In our house everything is a knock down, drag out fight over everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, because she is always trying to tell me what to do. Neither of us really win, we eventually just quit arguing about it. My advice, never marry a Latina lady unless you want to be bossed around. Of course, if you’re Latino, it doesn’t matter because you’re use to it, grew up that way, & you expect it. Besides, you can pretend to the world you’re macho & foreigners buy off on it.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      November 8, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      What, Chrissy didn’t know how his ‘appointee’ would vote on immigration? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after Christie’s appointee to the U.S. Senate voted for the immigration bill. We don’t need another Obama, I know nothing guy! Chrissy is NOT macho (ceptin’ he kills alot of dogs and burgers obviously).

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  4. 1propComment by 1prop
    November 7, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Christie cut the deal with the Dem Boss George Norcross to ensure that he would run against a little-known and poorly funded opponent. No conclusions can be drawn from this because the DNC backed off and NJDC was not unified behind Buono. If Christie had gotten over 70%, it would be worth looking at. Christie is the type of phony that the media and GOP elite love. He’s entertaining, not a conservative and can’t win nationwide. If you loved Romney and McCain, you’ll definitely love Christie!

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    • BrokerbobComment by Brokerbob
      November 7, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

      He may look like a Hippopotamus But He is really a RINO

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      November 7, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

      1prop,

      I agree! Get ready for the next 18 months of the Ruling Elite Establishment Republicans (Elephants?, No Donkey Suits) – the REER ENDS, singing Christie’s praises as the only hope for the Republican Party.

      These people never get it. I’m old enough to remember when the upstart Barry Goldwater was told to sit down and shut up because R.M. Nixon was the only hope for the Republican Party. How’d that work out for you REER ENDS?

      Then, after Ronald Reagan demonstrated the absolute insanity of continuing to run “moderates” by winning two landslide elections on clear principled conservatism, they told us it was George H. W. Bush’s (another phony conservative) turn and the power of the good will created by RR for eight years of standing firm on conservative principles evaporated into, “Read my lips, no new taxes” and a crawfish act worthy of REER ENDS everywhere.

      That gave us B. J. Clinton for four years and rather than repenting of their pride and arrogance, the REER ENDS insisted that our only hope was, Bob Dole. After all it was his turn! How’d that 1996 election work out for you REER ENDS?

      Then, the whiz kid, Karl Rove figured out that if he ran George W. Bush as the second incarnation of Ronald Reagan, he would win over the base and the 2000 election. And, presto, magic! It worked. But GWB grew the government and the national debt and reduced liberty more like a liberal democrat than a Ronald Reagan.

      But, the base had a winner and didn’t want a return to the progressive stew of the Demoncrats and with GWB saying all the right things (in spite of governing like a statist) everybody in the Republican Party was happy when GWB got reelected in 2004. The conservatives thought they had one of their own in the Oval Office and the REER ENDS knew they had snookered those rascally conservatives again.

      Then, the REER ENDS told us that it was the senile one’s turn. Only the war hero “Johnny” could “Come Marching Home” with the victory against the upstart unknown first term Senator from Chicago. They also told us we shouldn’t question anything about his (BO’s) past even if it did stink to high heaven. Just play nice and Johnny Boy would win! How’d that work out for you REER ENDS?

      And, then, it was the savior’s turn. Mitt, who saved the Olympics. Mitt who saved companies. Mitt who saved money! We didn’t need a conservative like Rick Santorum or Michelle Bachman. No, we needed a savior, a moderate in conservative clothing, AGAIN! How many whiffs does it take for these REER ENDS to realize they are striking out?

      Look, REER ENDS, if you want to destroy the Republican Party, just give us another moderate in conservative clothing like Gov. Christie. That should put the final nail in the Republican Party coffin. Done! Over and done with ya!

      Once more and the Democrats will have bought all the votes they need to never lose another election and the Republicans will in eight or ten years be an afterthought in the annals of history of this once great nation.

      In my humble opinion, it is too late for a conservative nominee for President in the Republican Party. There is not enough left to conserve any more!

      We don’t need a conservative, we need a reestablish-er. Someone like Ted Cruz who is both willing and determined to undo the mess that has been made over the past twenty-five years in Washington, D.C. It is time to nominate someone who can, like Reagan, firmly and clearly articulate the moral superiority of liberty and freedom!

      May God have mercy on the united states of America.

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  5. crustyoldgeezerComment by crustyoldgeezer
    November 7, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    “Christie has long sought Hispanic support and spent more than $1 million on a Spanish-language ad campaign in this race.”
    ??????

    Spanish language?

    Citizens are supposed to learn English…..

    Were the voters he attract5ed even Citizens?

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  6. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    November 7, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    Only a fool would believe that Christe would win the Illegal & legal Hispanics vs Silly “what difference does it make? Clinton. Notwithstanding the fact that old Big Boy has about as much chance of convincing conservatives to vote for him as his friend in arms, Obama did. Mr. Big body thinks his win against a token poster woman with a (D) after her name is somehow an example of his political strength and national acceptance. This is the fallacy of all the left-wing media in the country who live in their own fantasy world filled with lollipops and La-La types and think the other hard working people and common sense thinkers will follow their lead. Wrong. We’re on to all you snake oil sales men and women, so take a hike.

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  7. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 7, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    So what! He is still an NE establishment, RINO, liberal, turncoat, and a fat slob to boot. He is not a conservative, and panders to Sheik Obama and the liberal democrats. He is a closet democrat and should change parties, and run against Hillary B. Clinton. He is yet another example of allowing the democrats and the media to pick the Republican candidate who most closely embraces their liberal ideology; and then wondering why they lost the election because they did not offer a viable alternative. What abysmal idiots these dumb Republicans are!
    I will not vote for this obnoxious,fat slob. He represents everything that got us into this mess, and nothing that will get us out of it.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      November 8, 2013 @ 9:08 am

      I have a strong feeling that the days of the GOP shoving RINO’s John, Mitt & Chrissy are over. The threat of, oh you’ll vote for one if that’s what we nominate hold NO WATER anymore. If we fall for that ploy for the (3rd) third time, we are no better than the Dimwits voting for someone just because he’s ‘BLACK’. Not on my watch.

      I thought the GOP was all about Conservatism not Liberalism, what’s up with that? Did I come in the wrong entrance or something?

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  8. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    November 7, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    > Republicans are looking at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s success with Hispanics as a sign that the party can win back a growing voting bloc that has turned away from them in recent elections. <

    I think Republicans are being suckered.
    The Democrats knew they wouldn't win in New Jersey, so they organized their constituents to vote FOR Christie in order to produce statistics like this one.

    If they can get Republicans to back Christie in 2016, they will face a candidate who has less than full support from his own party … and who will have none of the phony 'support' observed in this election.

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  9. edsmssiComment by edsmssi
    November 7, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    “Conservative Republicans can get a significant share of the Hispanic vote provided they reach out aggressively and campaign in Hispanic communities,” said Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster. How he reaches this conclusion when Christie is LIBERAL, NOT CONSERVATIVE, is glaring evidence that the advisors to Republican leaders are idiots. Besides, the same exit poll showed in a head-to-head with Hillary for the presidency, he loses by 4-6 points. Why would any conservative vote for Christie, who favors amnesty for illegals, mostly unrestricted abortions, special rights for gays, nationalized healthcare, government global warming restrictions, and virtually every other Democrat proposal?

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  10. sunnynomoreComment by sunnynomore
    November 7, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    Christie is becoming more of a Democrat than Republican. He has his special interests whom he helps, but he has done too much damage to this state to ever get my vote. Of course, he won re-election just look at the Democrat who was running against him. That doesn’t mean he would ever be the best choice for New Jersey or the country cause he’s not!

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  11. ross62Comment by ross62
    November 7, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Christie is not just a pig-in-a-democrat-blanket he is a man of low character. The last thing we need as a nation another man of low character, sitting in the Whitehouse. Christie game of appealing to people who are obviously illegal aliens shows just how low he will go. Stunts likes this have a sphincter factor of a 12. I don’t care one bit for this fat man or for anything he has done these past few years. I am hoping to get my country back and this back door man is just another attorney looking to steal from me and my family.

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  12. NondemotwitComment by nondemotwit
    November 7, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Christie won 51% of the Hispanic vote! So what? What else would you expect from a RINO wannabe Demotwit? Please show me one conservative thing Christie has done for his predominately left wing liberal state? Christie is all about Christie. He is a documented opportunist and would drop a **** in his mothers bed if it could elevate his political standings.

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  13. thgdriverComment by thgdriver
    November 7, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Stevie Wonder can see that the Dimwitocrats gave Buono $1.50 to run a loser campaign and make that fat RINO look bigger (as if that’s possible) then he really is.

    They did not fool me, there is no way I am letting The Dimwitocrats pick my Candidate for the 2016 run.

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  15. RobertRComment by RobertR
    November 8, 2013 @ 1:19 am

    If the Hispanics love him so much maybe he should move to Mexico and run for El Presidente there. They’re so screwed up already that he might fit in really well. But forget him running for president here. Agree with the rest that have said the conservatives will not vote for him and the election will be a slam dunk for whoever the demos run. We’ve already done that now twice in a row. We can’t afford a third disaster.

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    • hillbillyComment by hillbilly
      November 8, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      Say, RobertR, you’re right that failure to support WHOEVER the pubs run will elect a demo, but, if the pubs win & their platform is the same as the demos, why support them. The only thing that possibly could be saved would be Supreme Court positions, but, with guys like the “big Man” he probably would appoint a liberal just to appease the dims. We lose no matter what. Why even vote? We are cooked & done!

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  16. nhthinkerComment by nhthinker
    November 8, 2013 @ 1:56 am

    Sorry, but making projections on 2016 presidential elections based on governor results are very misleading.

    I am in the process of making a report based on the racial crosstab numbers (White/Black/Hispanic-Latino) from the exit poll question on the 2016 Christie/Clinton. The results are VERY different than Christie/Bouno crosstabs.

    To my knowledge, I am the only person that has yet asked for this data from Edison Research which was pulled 11/7 at 15:40 ET.

    Christie-v-Clinton 33% less than Bush-v-Kerry 43% w/Hispanic demo pic.twitter.com/ELl5tl5tBH pic.twitter.com/QrwASRuCw0

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    • nhthinkerComment by nhthinker
      November 10, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      Buzzfeed picked up my data and ran the following story…

      “Exit Polls: Hillary Clinton Would Clobber Chris Christie Among Minority Voters In New Jersey

      A buried data point obtained by BuzzFeed deflates the Christie 2016 bubble.”

      See the detailed analysis here:
      nhthinker.wordpress.com
      or
      fb-thinker.newsvine.com
      PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS THAT WANT GOP TO BE GOOD DATA DRIVEN

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  17. sockettuemComment by sockettuem
    November 8, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Christi will not do as well nationally, not even close. He will lose the conservative vote in the south utterly. Neither do I think he will do well in the lower midwest or in the southwest. Anyone declaring this liberal rino the victor is way ahead of himself. My money and my vote are going to conservative candidates. The GOP cannot and will not win without conservatives. That is one one constant in all of this. McConnell and his Kentucky Kickback need to go and Christi needs to stay in New Jersey.

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  18. juicyfruit56Comment by juicyfruit56
    November 9, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Cuccinelli lost by 3 percentage points to the Democrat in the State of Virginia because the Republicans backed the Democrat and not Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli did not need the Hispanic vote. If the RNC had got behind the Tea Party Republican he would have won easily. This is why I am no longer a Republican, but a Tea Party Member. Hopefully they will eventually realize they need to be a political party unto themselves!

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    • nhthinkerComment by nhthinker
      November 10, 2013 @ 8:14 am

      Cuccinelli got 29% of Hispanic vote. Christie got 33% of Hispanic “vote” in matchup w/Christie. Christie is about as strong a pull on Hispanic vote as Cuccinelli.

      nhthinker.wordpress.com

      Libertarian minded need to OWN the Republican party to bring it out of the wilderness.

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  19. marianne4tpComment by marianne4tp
    November 9, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    Winning 51% of Hispanics in NJ is not a big deal for Christie when in fact his DemoCRAP opponent Barbara Bouno was so bad that other Dem voters pulled for Christie too.

    Ignore this theoretical bunk… the GOP Establishment is hard at work picking our next Candidate. Pandering to Hispanic community is a losing proposition — they will vote “Republican” perhaps when forced to pay in to the system via tax dollars just like American citizens are supposed to. There should be NO special rules for border jumpers — there were NONE when my immigrant grandparents came here legally…

    Christie is as good as we can expect for NJ Gov, but he CANNOT win the 2016 Primary. The Conservative base DESPISES him and rightly so. RAND PAUL 2016.

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  20. nhthinkerComment by nhthinker
    November 10, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    delete reply

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