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On the Newsstand: The "Evita Factor" in New York Magazine

On the Newsstand: The "Evita Factor" in New York Magazine

Hillary Clinton's doing well with Hispanic voters. In the Nevada caucuses she bested Barack 2-to-1 among that demographic, and polls heading into last Tuesday's primary in California showed her with 59 percent approval to Barack's 19 percent. New York magazine has a theory on this phenomenon, which they're calling the "Evita Factor."

Here's why Hispanic voters like Hillary — mostly a spillover of goodwill from Bill. How?

  • Bill was the first president to have two Hispanic cabinet members serve simultaneously.
  • He had very tolerant immigration policies
  • The economic boom that happened under his watch, produced jobs in the barrio.

And this: The Evita Factor. For some voters, the fact that Hillary is the spouse of a former president is a turnoff. But voters from Latin and South American countries are used to it. To find out why,

. In the piece, a Clinton adviser says, "there's a whole long tradition in Latin America of strong women whose political careers are built on the backs of their husbands, who ran the country first." In other words, Evita — or the modern day example in Argentina — where Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina's first woman president, right after her husband. Sound familiar?

Though US Hispanic voters are 60 percent Mexican-American, and Mexico doesn't share the Evita tradition, the Latino vote is definitely a core to Hillary's strategy. Will Latino voters be the soccer moms and NASCAR dads of this election? Can Hillary win by scoring with Hispanics?


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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Thank you Komler! You took the words right out of my mouth!! Exactly my point, I agree.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Ok. This is weird to me. To see this article trying to "analyze" Hispanic voters. And the replies from some people who think they can hypothesize about our motives. I am Hispanic and I voted for Barack, I do like and respect Hillary. If she ends up becoming the democratic nominee I would vote for her. People keep piting Hispanics against Black, it's just ridiculous. The slave trade occurred in Latin America as well, my ancesters were Black and I have grown up in a diverse community in the states. I keep hearing Whites saying things that are divisive to minorities and creates tensions. Of course, I live on the east coast and relations betweeen Black and Hispanics is different in NY and MA than say CA or TX. Jillness, you offend me a little. I think you're just a little biased. Between now and election time many articles like this will appear and afterwords as well. They happened to notice that Hispanics are a little more open to a women doesn't overrule that they don't like Barack...they are just more open to a women than the Hillary haters on MSNBC. Who says that we don't look at the candidates and where they stand? Everyone votes differently within ethnic groups. Some Black vote Republican and I think as you do sometimes, that "it seems they are voting against their interests" to vote Republican. But people have their reasons for it. And other Blacks do vote Democrat. Some Hispanics that have been here generations and live in the West or South might vote Republican. A Boston Hispanic will vote Democrat. A young girl might vote for Barack and her mom for Hillary and her Dad not all...who knows!! If it concerns you than you can reach out to young Hispanic voters and their parents. Start an outreach program or campaign.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
They bring up the Cuban issue in Time magazine, the article titled, "The Wrong Experience". It is about how Hillary's experience traps her to failed policy of the past. America's stance towards Cuba was based on fear that Soviets would use the country to send missles to the US. We have been trying to force regime change for 45 years, and instead Castro is the now the longest living head of government in the world. Obama suggests easing the ban on Cuban-Americans visiting the island (why should we keep people from seeing their relatives?). He says that capitalism, trade, and travel will help break the regime's grip on the country and will help open things up. Perhaps a change would be in the best interest of Cuban-Americans.
komler komler 9 years
I think that it's too easy to lump one large group of people together and say they'll do the same. Men don't necessarily vote the same way because they're men, and people of European descent don't vote the same way because they come from the same place - so why would women, African-Americans, or latin-Americans do it?
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Gotta love that picture. Unfortunately, Jill, I'm afraid that most people's votes have nothing to do with policy; no matter who they're voting for. A lot of people vote based on everything but policy.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I think another reason is because Hispanics compete a lot with blacks for jobs and such, and they tend to have a sort of "rivalry", so it's not always "I like Hillary" it may just be "I don't like Obama".
kia kia 9 years
It is really hard to lump diverse Latins into one group. I have learned in Florida that Obama is not favored among Democrats because he said he would sit down to talk to the Cuban government and that does not bode well in the Cuban-American dominated politics of the state.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
This concerns me, because it is basically saying that their vote has nothing to do with the candidate...rather it has everything to do with someone else who isn't running. I think that it is so odd, because Obama's policies are in the best interests of hispanics. It seems they are voting against their interests to vote for Hillary.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Cool. Have Latinos had high voter turn out statistics?
redegg redegg 9 years
Don't cry for me Argentina.
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