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Can Barack Obama Win Over Latinos?

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Today's New York Times looks into the issue of whether Barack Obama can win over Latino voters, given their complicated relationship with -- and opinion of -- the African-American community.  It' follows closely on the heels of old friend Ryan Lizza's New Yorker article, in which Clinton pollster Sergio Bendixen noted “the Hispanic voterand I want to say this very carefullyhas not shown
a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates.”

It's an important story, for reasons that go well beyond the campaign horserace.  And -- just a reminder -- you read it here first, back in December, when our colleague John Judis wrote first pegged the Latino vote as "Hillary Clinton's Firewall."

--Jonathan Cohn

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