About Time

The Hispanic Turnaround

Barack Obama’s victory in Florida is particularly satisfying for Democrats, considering all the grief it caused them two elections ago. How’d he do it? Ben Smith flags a startling stat: Obama carried Hispanic voters in Florida by 55 to 44 percent. In 2004, Bush won 56 percent of Florida’s Hispanic vote. In light of the fact that, a few months ago, many wondered whether Hispanics nationwide would defect to McCain, his victory among Florida’s largely Cuban, particularly conservative Hispanic population is all the more noteworthy.