Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hopes to carry his lead among Cuban-American voters in Florida to build a victory in that state.
The task is great. President Barack Obama leads the former Massachusetts governor 59 percent to 36 percent among likely Hispanic voters in the Sunshine state, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll
. That’s an improvement for Obama from 2008, when he carried Florida with 57 percent of the Hispanic vote.
But it’s below the 73 percent Latino support Obama has nationwide, according to an impreMedia-Latino Decisions 2012 tracking poll.
And perhaps the most encouraging statistic for Romney is that 57 percent of likely Cuban-American voters in Florida support him, compared to only 37 percent for Obama, according to a Florida International University/Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll.
Obama made some inroads among the Cuban-American voters in 2008, but that’s slipping now, people who track the Hispanic vote and Florida politics tell The Journal.
The Romney campaign is trying to exploit its advantage with heavy grassroots campaigning — door-knocking, advertising, and rousing rallies with the likes of popular Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Spanish-speaking George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
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