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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hispanic GOP Governors Crush Democrats in Nevada and New Mexico

Hispanic GOP Governor Brian Sandoval

A GOP Landslide in Nevada
Hispanic GOP Governor crushes Harry Reid's Nevada machine.

(Las Vegas Review Journal)  -  In a stunning election, Nevada Republicans swept top state offices Tuesday and ousted U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., as they took control of the state Senate and the Assembly in a low-turnout election marked by greater GOP enthusiasm and Democratic disaffection.
GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, whose political machine and money fueled the GOP victories, enjoyed a landslide re-election with more than 70 percent of the vote against little-known Democrat Bob Goodman.
In his victory speech, the governor said that with Republicans controlling state government and the Legislature he could push his agenda to boost education and diversify the economy, adding jobs to a still-recovering economy.
“Thank you for your confidence and thank you for your trust,” Sandoval said to cheers at a GOP party at Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort. “This is a night to remember. This is a night to savor. We did this because we did this together. … But we also have to recognize tomorrow’s a new day. There’s a lot of work to do.”
“We have been given an opportunity to lead,” he added, saying Nevada was ready for a generational change, particularly with education reform. “Together we’re going to make history.”
The Nevada GOP did make history Tuesday in taking control of the Governor’s office, Senate and Assembly for the first time since before the Great Depression.
On Twitter, Sandoval said he would lead the state out of the recession and into an era of hope.
“Our state is on the right path and destined for a bright future,” Sandoval tweeted. “Looking forward to Continuing Nevada’s Comeback. … We will continue to build upon the progress of our great state together with a new Republican Majority in the NV State Senate.”
Sandoval also congratulated his pick for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas, calling him a friend. Hutchison overwhelmingly defeated Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, earning at least 60 percent of the vote compared with 34 percent for her, non-final returns showed.
In his speech, Hutchison said he was standing on the shoulders of giants: Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., who easily won re-election over his Democratic opponent, Erin Bilbray.

See more: RGJ.com

Hispanic GOP Governor Susana Martinez 

Martinez took 40% of the Hispanic vote

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Daily Times)New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez rolled to a second term Tuesday, furthering her national reputation as a Republican who can appeal to Hispanics and voters who cross party lines.
Martinez, 55, quickly established herself as a rising GOP star four years ago when she became the first female Hispanic governor in U.S. history. She used her political prominence to tap into a national GOP fundraising base and vastly outspend Democratic challenger Gary King, a two-term attorney general who is the son of New Mexico's longest-serving governor, the late Bruce King.
In unofficial incomplete returns, Martinez received 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for King in a record-setting performance by a GOP governor in Democratic-leaning New Mexico. Republican Gary Johnson won a second term in 1998 with 55 percent of the vote.

Martinez said in a speech to supporters that she hoped her strong win would "send a really strong message that we want leaders who choose reform and not the status quo — leaders who choose to work across party lines and not point fingers."
She also said her victory was personally important as the nation's only Latina governor.
"While no one should ever be entirely defined by our race or our background, I am proud of what this means to people of Hispanic descent here in New Mexico and around the country. As I've said before, 'En America, todo es possible,' " Martinez said, telling cheering supporters in Spanish that anything is possible in America.
King's campaign never gained traction against Martinez despite the state's weak economy and nagging social problems, such as the nation's second-highest poverty rate.
In a brief concession speech, King said, "I think that there's a lot that needs to be done with regard to our children in New Mexico. We're very dedicated to carrying on the fight."
With Democrats holding a 3-to-2 advantage in voter registration, a Republican candidate needs crossover support from Democrats, including Hispanics, and must do well among independents to win a statewide office in New Mexico. Martinez was receiving about two in five votes in several heavily Hispanic counties in northern New Mexico where Democrats traditionally win by 2-to-1 or more.
Hispanics account for about two-fifths of the state's voting-age population.

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