Minority groups key to White House win - FOX34 Lubbock

Minority groups key to White House win

Minorities will again play a significant role in this year's presidential election. The Democrats are counting on them to put Clinton-Kaine in the White House. The growth of minority groups is making their voice even more important in this election. 

"Not only because that portion of the population has grown particularly among Hispanic voters but because issues are directly related to that population with issues like immigration, religious tests for immigration," Dennis Patterson, chair of the Department of Political Science said.  

Secretary Hillary Clinton is positioning herself for the Hispanic vote with her bilingual running mate Senator Tim Kaine.

Something El Editor publisher Olga Riojas Aguero says is important to reach Latinos. 

"I think it's a good way of communicating and putting out the word for the Hispanic community," Aguero said. "I think it's very important to realize that we've always been the highlight of every election for the past twenty years." 

African-American voters will support Clinton, the only question is will they turn out in the numbers needed. She has lined up with Mothers of the Movement an organization made up of women of murdered black children. 

"African-American community is going to be a very critical bloc this time around," Patterson said. "The big question is going to be, 'Will those voters turn out?', because they turn out for Obama because he had an tremendously effective mobilization campaign." 

Replicating President Obama's turnout could make the difference in the Democratic party sealing the election. 

"You have a mobilization campaign which Obama pioneered and did tremendously effectively in his previous two elections. Now he's giving all his advisers, and the equipment and the data to Hillary's campaign. It's a matter is she going to be able to mobilize like Obama did as effectively," Patterson said. 

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