Recall that Catholic Hispanics are more likely to be Democrats while Evangelical Hispanics, especially Pentecostals, are more likely to be Republican. Of course, if they think that the Republican Party is a bunch of racists, the ball moves, or so says the head of a national Hispanic evangelical organization:

Mr. Rodriguez presides over the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which is the sister of the prominent National Association of Evangelicals. He is plugged in enough to participate in weekly White House conference calls. …

The defeat [of the comprehensive immigration reform bill] has Mr. Rodriguez wondering whether "the GOP is the party of Jeff Sessions, Tom Tancredo and James Sensenbrenner or the party of George W. Bush and John McCain?" In other words, those like Mr. Tancredo who strongly opposed immigration reform or those like Mr. Bush who strongly favored it.

Right now, Mr. Rodriguez thinks, "xenophobia has triumphed over an appreciation for diversity. They completely abandoned us."

Hint to the GOP. Moderate evangelicals are swing voters, as are evangelical Hispanics. They gave Bush 1.8m votes. Those are not margins we can throw away.

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The Right’s Field » GOP "Abandons" Latinos; Latinos Abandon GOP · September 4, 2007 at 4:32 PM

[…] As sure as night follows day, if you abuse a constituency long enough, it’ll turn on you. As Republican candidates ignore real Latinos and play to the white GOP base’s fear of imaginary ones, we can start to see the consequences on the horizon. For instance, via Soren Dayton, here’s the Dallas Morning News’s William McKenzie on how Republicans are losing Hispanic evangelicals: A note here for Mitt, Fred, Rudy and the gang: […]

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