By Marc Campos
The national media and W supporters are saying exit polls revealed that 44% of Hispanics voters supported W. Not so in Houston according to the real polls - the results.
In hard core Hispanic precincts in Houston, W received anywhere from 27% to 37%. In Houston's Second Ward, one precinct gave W 37%. In Magnolia, one precinct gave W 27%. By a few percentage points, W improved over his 2000 showing.
In the 2002 general election, in the same precincts, Ron Kirk, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, received close to 90% of the Hispanic vote.
What does this mean? In 2004, because we are a red state, the locals did little work in the traditional Hispanic neighborhoods. In 2002, when the locals had resources, there was an intense campaign in the same neighborhoods. Different efforts, different results.
If we work it, they will come.
November 17, 2004, 9:00 AM