Results aren't called for Colorado, but Barack Obama looks to be at a huge advantage among Latino voters there, according to both exit polling data and a survey from earlier this week meant to more accurately track the vote.CNN says
Exit polls show 74 percent of Latino voters in the state going for Obama, versus 25 percent for Romney. An impreMedia-Latino Decisions election eve poll -- based on surveys with Latinos who had either already voted or said they were certain they would -- gave Obama an even stronger lead.
That poll found that a whopping 87 percent of Colorado Latino voters supported Obama this year. Only 10 percent polled said they supported Romney.
With 51% reporting Obama 50% Romney 48% in CO
Adams County 59315 O, 44,810 R
Plus CNN reports Obama winning non-Cuban Latinos big time in Florida which looks like were are about to win. Obama is ahead, and the major areas not reporting yet are the southern Florida counties we are expected to win. James Carville says "unofficially" as a contributor he interprets John Kings analysis of Florida as very favorable for Obama.
7:18 PM PT: From an earlier post I did a few hours ago on the record Latino turnout
First Wave of Exit Polls Shows Record Latino Turnout of 10% of Total Voters - Up From 7.4% in 2008
Elise Foley reports the first wave of exit polls show Latino voters are making up 10% of the overall electorate, a new record, and up from 7.4% in 2008 according to Exit Polls: Latino Voter Turnout Up.
Experts predicted record Latino voter turnout this year, and according to exit polls, they were right. CNN reported that Latino voters made up 10 percent of the overall electorate in early exit polls.
Latinos made up 7.4 percent of the overall vote in 2008, according to Pew Hispanic Center, and helped propel President Barack Obama to victory. Last time around, Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote, and it's possible he'll win an even larger percentage this year. A tracking poll released Monday by Latino Decisions found that 73 percent of those voters support Obama, versus 21 percent who support Mitt Romney.
Elise Foley wrote an earlier article predicting this in Latino Vote Poll Trackers Predict Record Turnout
The weekly tracking poll found 87 percent of Latino voters say they are almost certain they will vote, including 8 percent who already voted early.
"The poll shows that this year we can anticipate record participation among Latino voters,” ImpreMedia CEO Monica Lozano said in a press release. "However, Latinos are also realistic about what it will take to make real progress on the issues they care about, especially given the lack of cooperation among our elected representatives in Congress."
Enthusiasm also increased among Latino voters -- a good sign for the president -- and now 45 percent say they are more enthusiastic about the 2012 election than they were in 2008, according to the poll.
Like most other polling on Latino voters, this new poll shows an advantage for President Barack Obama. Seventy-three percent of Latino voters say they trust Obama and the Democratic party to improve the economy, whereas 18 percent say the same of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his party.
This portends good news for Democrats.
4:49 PM PT: Gaze upon these plots from Pew Research from a few months ago and imagine the vast transformative potential and power of the Latino vote for future elections if we can boost participation rates in the way we may be seeing the tip of an iceberg here so far tonight!