Arnold Will Be Back, But Will Hispanics?

California's governor falls in the polls among Latinos

His most famous line--"Hasta la vista, baby"--notwithstanding, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be speaking a different language from most of California's 2.5 million registered Hispanic voters. Between the 2003 recall that put him in office, when Schwarzenegger drew 31% of the Latino vote, and his announcement last week that he will run for re-election in 2006, the Governor's support among Hispanics has fallen to just 17% of Latino residents, according to a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Schwarzenegger has alienated Hispanics with his support of the Minutemen--a group of border-patrolling vigilantes--and of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's...

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