This November an estimated 7.8 million Latino voters are expected to cast ballots and Latino candidates are on track to make history too. If Latino candidates gain four more seats this election, the 114th Congress will have the largest class of Latinos in U.S. history.
In the immortal words of Jordan Sparks, let’s take this one step at a time. After all, understanding the midterm election is like learning to fly… or falling in love. Ok, enough of that. Let’s take a look at three key races for 2014.
1) Florida Gubernatorial Race
All fan jokes aside, Latinos account for 15 percent of all registered voters in Florida (remember—the last contest was decided by less than 1 percent) and could have a significant impact in the outcome of the election.
It’s no coincidence that both Scott and Crist have Latino running mates.
Will voters see through the Hispandering or will they recognize the candidates attempt to select leutinenent governors who are representative of Florida’s diverse population?
Time will tell.
Challenger Marilinda Garcia is hoping to defeat incumbent Ann McLane Kuster and gain one of those four seats needed to make the 114th Congress historic.
Though she’s not running on a platform that highlights issues that typically appeal to young voters, the GOP has still marked her as a rising star for the party.
3) Texas Land Commissioner Race
I know what you’re thinking: why the hell do we care about the Land Commissioner race in Texas?
Well, it’s not really about the position as it is about the candidates or more accurately, candidate: George P. Bush.
He is the son of Jeb Bush (yes, that Jeb Bush) and Columba Bush. George P. Bush–who is fluent in Spanish– is quickly becoming a rising star for the GOP.
Both Marilinda Garcia and George P. Bush are running on a Republican ticket—challenging the notion that Dems have a monopoly on the Latino vote. It’s a re-branding of the GOP image that the party needs in order to tap into that quickly growing Latino voting block.
Midterm Bottom Line
There is a scenario in which Republicans could control BOTH the House and the Senate and President Obama will have to finish up his term with a divided government.
What this means with regards to policy and key issues like immigration reform, we can only guess at—which we’ll leave to the other media outlets. Instead we’ll continue to bring you the best bottom line coverage of the 2014 midterms and of course, memes.
Election day is November 4th. Get out and vote!