The Hispanic Evangelical Swing Vote

With less than a week to go before the presidential election, the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), discusses the key to securing the Hispanic Evangelical vote. Both candidates need to address the issues facing the nearly eight million Hispanic Evangelicals living in the U.S., including education reform, the economy and immigration, Salguero says. "We lost the Dream Act by a small margin…so we were really to say disillusioned and disappointed is to put it mildly, there was a campaign promise that was not delivered on," he says.

Salguero's comments coincide with the release of "Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012," a recent survey by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum. The survey finds that religion serves to divide Latinos in their voting preferences. Latino Catholic voters strongly favor the re-election of President Obama while Latino Evangelical Protestants are more divided, with 39 percent supporting Mitt Romney and an even 50 percent supporting President Obama, according to the survey.

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