Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2006

Contact: Michael Bustamonte, 916-425-0839

LATINO VOTERS SHOW STRONG DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT IN CONGRESSIONAL RACES, SPLIT DEMOCRATIC SUPPPORT IN GOVERNOR’S RACE


KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON CONTINUES TO GARNER STRONG SUPPORT AMONGST LATINO VOTERS 

San Antonio, TX –In a statewide exit poll of Latino voters, Latinos continue to support the Democratic congressional candidate over the Republican candidate by a margin of 63.0% to 33.2%. These percentages are consistent with National voting patterns and consistent with voting trends of the Latino electorate in the last 2 cycles when Latinos supported Democrats at 70.3% nationally in ‘04 and 73.6% in ’02. With a larger field in the gubernatorial election, it might have suppressed the normal voting trends of Latinos.

1. For whom did you vote in your Congressional District race?

TOPLINES: TEXAS

Democratic Candidate

63.0%

Republican Candidate

33.2%

Other Candidate

3.8%

Source: 2006 WCVI Texas Exit Poll

Latinos didn’t garner their support around one candidate but split it around several candidates. Chris Bell received the largest percentage of support at 39.5% with Carole Keeton Strayhorn receiving another 28.6%. The incumbent and governor, Rick Perry only received 13.9% mirroring his support from ’02 WCVI exit polls.

22. ONLY TEXAS VOTERS: Whom did you vote for in the Gubernatorial race?

 

Chris Bell

39.5%

“Kinky” Friedman

14.3%

Rick Perry

13.9%

Carole Keeton Strayhorn

28.6%

Other Candidate

3.6%

Source: 2006 WCVI Texas Exit Poll

Latinos also showed a strong support for Senator Hutchison garnering 53.7% of Latino support compared to 35.6% for her democratic challenger. Again, this is consistent with WCVI exit polls of Latino voters. In a 2000 WCVI poll of Texas Latino voters, Hutchison received 49.7% support. With increased name recognition and a longer tenure of service, Latino voters have shown a higher level of support for the senator.

21. ONLY TEXAS VOTERS: Whom did you vote for in your Senate race?

 

Kay Bailey Hutchison

53.7%

Barbara Ann Radnofsky

35.6%

Other Candidate

10.7%

Source: 2006 WCVI Texas Exit Poll

“While other communities continue to flux as voters, these polls show that Latinos are the bedrock community for consistent voters and voting behavior. If politicians in Austin and DC want to enact change, they should look at these polls as a reminder to who helps them get into office,” says Antonio Gonzalez, President of the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI).

In determining the results for the 2006 elections, the WCVI exit survey interviewed 440 respondents in 32 precincts across the state of Texas . The margin of error for the study was +/- 4.5%.

The analysis of early and absentee Latino voters is based on official vote totals including counts of data from the 2004 U.S. Census Current Population Survey (CPS) and WCVI national & state exit poll data of Latino voting preferences in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

About the Willie C. Velasquez Institute

Chartered in 1985, the Willie C. Velasquez Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit, Latino-oriented research and policy think tank with offices in San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding WCVI, please visit our website at www.wcvi.org.

 

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