Double Trouble

Given Mitt Romney’s trouble with women voters, and trouble with Latino voters, you might figure he’s got double trouble with Latinas, right? Right!

According to the latest ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll, Obama is leading Romney by a 74-21 margin among Latinas. With Latino men preferring Obama by a 61/32 margin, the net results is an Obama lead among Latinos of 68/26. A small bump for Romney after the Republican convention–with its aggressive deployment of Latino speakers–has now been erased.

There was only a 4% gender gap among Latinos in 2008 (men preferring Obama to McCain by 64/33, and women by 68/30. This is one demographic category where the incumbent has a fighting chance to improve on his last performance.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.