WASHINGTON -- President Obama may be widening his lead with Latino voters as a new poll shows that 70% say they plan to vote for him over Republican Mitt Romney.
Obama leads Romney, 70% to 20%, according to a new Telemundo/NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll.
That represents an increase of 7 percentage points for Obama and a decrease of 8 points for Romney in the poll, the widest lead Obama has held in the poll since it was first conducted in June, according to the release accompanying the poll results Wednesday.
The poll is a national one and doesn’t present a snapshot of how the candidates are doing with this crucial slice of the electorate in battleground states such as Colorado, Nevada and Florida. And, of course, Obama picks up the benefit only if he manages to actually turn out supportive Latino voters to the polls.
But if Romney really is losing the Latino vote by a 50-point margin, that would present a difficult obstacle for him to surmount. The number of registered Latino voters has doubled to 11 million since 1994 and, in a tight race, their preference could mean victory in several important states.