Though the mainstream press, liberals, and establishment Republicans incessantly declare that Republicans can’t win Hispanics without passing massive amnesty legislation, two Republicans who ran on border security and against amnesty received a significant amount of support from Latino voters on Tuesday.
GOP Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott received 44% of the Latino vote, which was more than the 38% of the Hispanic vote that Republican Governor Rick Perry, who enacted and supported Texas’s version of the DREAM Act, received in 2010, as the New York Times noted. Hispanics, according to the Times, make up 17% of the electorate in Texas, which trails only California in its Latino population.
According to exit polling, Abbott won 50% of Latino men, 39% of Latinas, and 44% of the Latino vote overall.
In Georgia, GOP Senate candidate David Perdue, who signed the Federation of American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) anti-amnesty pledge and ran strongly against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, received 42% of the Hispanic vote.
In 2012, 71% of Hispanics nationally supported President Barack Obama against Mitt Romney.