Campaign 2016 Marco Rubio could lose the Hispanic vote

Clinton vs Rubio might be a dream race for the Hispanic community. But for now it is advantage Clinton.
Clinton vs Rubio might be a dream race for the Hispanic community. But for now it is advantage Clinton.

Hispanics want to see a Hillary Clinton-Marco Rubio matchup in the 2016 presidential election, a new poll shows, with Clinton easily beating the son of Cuban immigrants.

The survey, conducted this week by Latino Decisions, found the two were easily the most popular candidates among supporters of the two major parties.

Clinton won 65 percent of votes among all Latinos except those who identified themselves as Republicans. Rubio received double the amount of support to his nearest rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among all except Democrats.

In the election of the favored candidates, Clinton would get 66 percent of the Latino vote to Rubio’s 28 percent.

The poll showed that whoever the candidates turn out to be, the Latino vote would go overwhelmingly to the Democrat.

Other highlights from the poll include:

• If Chicano San Antonio mayor Julian Castro is the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate, he would give the presidential candidate a strong boost. However, if Cuban-American Ted Cruz is the Republican vice presidential choice, Latinos would be less likely to vote for the GOP candidate.

• A GOP plan to allow legal residence to undocumented workers without a path to citizenship would harm Republicans with Hispanic voters.

• 48 percent of those polled said they had voted at least once for a Republican candidate, against 46 percent who said they had never voted for the party. However, 74 percent voted for Barack Obama in the last election, with only 18 percent supporting Mitt Romney.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.