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The Cuban-American Vote

An Obama official inaccurately described Cuban-American voting patterns as currently more similar to that of other Hispanics. Not only are their voting patterns not like that of other Hispanics they are far more conservative than non-Hispanic Americans.

For liberal media, academia and others of a leftist persuasion, Cuban-Americans are not so much “Hispanic voters” as they are a persistent irritant and a symbol of a minority hijacked, in the broadminded opinion, by the Republicans. Any sign of their defection from the GOP is welcomed with uproarious hosannas. It is taken as proof that identity politics work with the Cubans. Except that they don’t.

Political analysts, pollsters and biased journalists proved yet again during the 2012 presidential election that the obsession with Cuban-American voters has not let up. They never fail to make sweeping claims that at long last this reliable Republican bloc is moving left. In fact, the New York Times has been making this claim since the 1960s. The usual suspects made triumphant declarations that the majority of Cuban-Americans had voted for Barack Obama before the final vote count came in. It seems they omitted absentee ballots that many Cuban-Americans use to avoid the long lines in Miami’s sweltering heat. All counts also skipped Coral Gables and Pinecrest, both of which were plastered in Romney-Ryan lawn signs at Cuban-American homes. How convenient. Sure enough when the final votes came into the equation, still without Coral Gables and Pinecrest, 58% of the demographic in question voted for Romney and 42% for Obama with some counts at over 60% for Romney.

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