November 6, 2013

Republican Chris Christie captures about half the Latino vote

FT_13.11.06_NJLatinoVoteIn his landslide re-election victory last night, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie carried 51% of the Latino vote, a 19 point increase from his performance in 2009, according to exit polls.

Christie’s showing among Latinos came despite some strong headwinds for the GOP among this demographic group. In the 2012 presidential race, Republican candidate Mitt Romney won just 27% of the Hispanic vote nationally.  In 2008, Republican John McCain won 31% of the Latino vote.

The Latino vote is growing in importance across the nation. Today, more than 23 million Latinos are eligible to vote, and a record 11.2 million voted in 2012.

The Republican Party’s image among Hispanics has deteriorated in recent years. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey of Hispanics, just 10% of Hispanic registered voters say the Republican Party has more concern for Hispanics than the Democratic Party.

Latino voters have leaned more towards the Democrats and supported Democratic presidential candidates in growing shares. Last year, President Obama won an overwhelming 71% of the Hispanic vote, a modest increase from the 67% he won in the 2008 election.

Christie is widely considered to be a contender for the presidential race in 2016 and it’s hard not to compare his success with the last Republican candidate to garner a significant share of the Hispanic vote, former president George W. Bush. Bush received between 39% and 50% of the Hispanic vote in Texas for his gubernatorial election in 1998 and then went on to win the presidency in 2000 with 35% of the national Hispanic vote and was re-elected in 2004 with 40% of the Hispanic vote.

Topics: Hispanic/Latino Vote

  1. Photo of Mark Hugo Lopez

    is director of Hispanic research at Pew Research Center.


  1. Speak2Truth4 years ago

    Dem14, the Republicans do for Hispanic Americans the favor of treating them the same as all Americans. Americans of Hispanic descent also do not want criminal foreign invaders to be given amnesty and the power to outvote the American People (of all races). That would worsen our situation drastically.

    You seem unable to get race out of your political thinking. We Americans fought a bloody war and created a Civil Rights movement to try to put an end to your way of thinking. We’re still struggling for equality, it seems.

  2. Dem144 years ago

    What has the Republican Party done for Hispanics? They do not want to pass comprehensive immigration reform, they want to cut funding for public schools and last I checked DACA was passed by Obama and the Democrats under a presidential order. Republicans try to increase the amount of charter schools so that Hispanics and Blacks are cut out of equal education, and the gap between the really rich and the middle class and below widens. Please! Christie is just another Republican, who discriminates against Hispanics behind closed doors. We as Hispanics ARE America so why should we vote for losers like Christie who seek to worsen our situation at every chance that they get?

  3. Mmel714 years ago

    Hates educators? Are you for real? Should someone teaching (4) classes a day, weekends & holidays off, 9 months out of 12 make triple figures? That’s how out of hand it had gotten in NJ. The Unions, during a recession, were demanding even more. It’s a big reason why Christie was elected – because he had the guts to stand up to the NJEA on behalf of the Tax Payers.

  4. George4 years ago

    Chris Christie won but he is a terrible Governor to the middle class and hates educators. He is a load mouth bully and if he runs for president the truth will come out. The democrats did not have a strong campaign against him.

  5. hutlee4 years ago

    Well, I guess it says something about being a moderate Republican. Let us hope that more or less sinks into some rather hard heads.