Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Courting the Hispanic Vote

With Hillary Clinton needing to hold on to her advantage among Hispanics in order to win the Texas primary next month, both candidates are breaking out Spanish language ads in major markets across the state, with the Obama campaign announcing radio ads and the Clinton organization doing television.

It has also been announced that the debate between the Democratic candidates to be held in Austin next week will be re-broadcast in Spanish on the Univision network.

Readers of this blog from outside Texas may not be aware that the Clinton's have longstanding relationships in the state dating back to their work on the McGovern campaign in 1972, when Bill Clinton served as the Texas state chairman of the McGovern campaign. Sen. Clinton is hoping that those relationships, and particularly those in heavily Hispanic south Texas, will provide her with needed traction in the state.

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