Can Barack Obama Win Over Latinos?

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THE PLANK JANUARY 15, 2008

Can Barack Obama Win Over Latinos?

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 voter—and I want to say this very carefully—has 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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