1. The GOP’s plummeting Latino support: Even though President Obama dominated the Latino vote in 2008, walloping John McCain 67 percent to 31 percent, this year’s crop of Republicans aren’t deterred, and have long hoped to make gains with Latinos, especially as Obama is plagued by his tough deportation policy and failure to deliver on a campaign promise of immigration reform.

    And yet, in a bid to win over the anti-immigration conservatives who vote heavily in GOP primaries, the party’s presidential candidates have staked out hardline positions that could turn off Latino voters in November. Frontrunner Mitt Romney went so far as to suggest that Arizona’s controversial immigration law should go national. Polls suggest that these far-right messages are driving Latino voters back into Obama’s arms. 

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