Mitt Romney's Demise: The Latino Vote

It may seem like Mitt Romney cannot be stopped after having won both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, but TPM's Pema Levy predicts the Latino vote could be his downfall. The former Massachusetts governor's declaration pre-Iowa that, if president, he would veto the Dream Act, presumably did not go over well with the 40 percent of Latino voters, whose support Romney would need to win such swing states as Florida, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Immigration reform is a key issue for Latino voters, supporting the Dream Act in particular. Latino voters have been powerful in electing candidates before—Senator Harry Reid in Nevada because of the state's legislature's effort to recruit Latino candidates, and George W. Bush because of his immigration reform push. And while Latino support for Obama is low, chances are Hispanic voters will stay home in November before they'd vote for an anti-immigration candidate.