Deceit, diversity, or mobilization?. Intra-ethnic diversity and changing patterns in Florida's Hispanic Vote

Benjamin G. Bishin, Casey A Klofstad

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Abstract

What explains President Bush's increased vote in the State of Florida in the 2004 election? A common perception is that implementation of electronic voting machines and a surge in GOP registration increased Bush's vote margins relative to the 2000 election. In this paper we offer an alternative explanation: massive Puerto Rican immigration combined with successful Republican mobilization of this group explains about 14% of the increase in Bush's margin of victory-approximately 50,000 votes. Scholars' failure to account for intra-ethnic diversity, by employing a "panethnic" approach that treats Latinos as having identical political preferences, leads scholars to overlook the important role of Hispanic subconstituencies in the 2004 election.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-583
Number of pages13
JournalThe Social Science Journal
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

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Deceit, diversity, or mobilization?. Intra-ethnic diversity and changing patterns in Florida's Hispanic Vote. / Bishin, Benjamin G.; Klofstad, Casey A.

In: The Social Science Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3, 09.2009, p. 571-583.

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