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Poll: Obama has big lead with Hispanics, but enthusiasm lags

at 05:45 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Hispanics back Obama but they’re not that interested in the election, Romney’s campaign wants (and doesn’t get) a retraction, Crossroads is up with new ads and Chris Christie has no inside information.

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* A new WSJ/Telemundo poll found that President Obama has a 40-point lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with Hispanics. But enthusiasm among Hispanic voters remains far lower than it was in 2008 and behind other demographic groups, and there has been no change since Obama’s shift in deportation policy. Only 66 percent of Latinos say they are highly interested in the election.

* The Post is standing by its reporting on Romney’s record at the private equity firm Bain Capital after members of the candidate’s staff met with editors today to ask for a retraction. The article detailed Bain’s investments in companies that moved jobs overseas. Romney’s campaign argued that the story was misleading.

* New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson will skip the Republican National Convention to campaign, Hotline reports. She faces Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) in a Democratic-leaning state. Two other GOP Senate candidates, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg and former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle are also staying home.

* New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), an early supporter of Romney, defended the Republican candidate’s foreign policy today. “I think that he has a strong understanding of foreign policy, and he does not have a Cold War view toward Russia,” she said at a conference on democracy in Russia. Romney was criticized by Democrats (and former secretary of state Colin Powell) for calling Russia a top “geopolitical foe.”

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Romney did not ask New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to be his running mate at a fundraiser on Tuesday, the governor told a town hall today. Christie said he had no inside information on who Romney would choose but that it likely wouldn’t be him.

* The conservative Crossroads groups released new ads in New Mexico and North Dakota today. The New Mexico ad from American Crossroads touts Wilson, saying she “stood up to both parties to cut wasteful Washington spending.” It’s an $184,000 buy. The North Dakota ad from Crossroads GPS attacks Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D) for supporting Obama’s health-care legislation; it’s an $180,000 buy.

* New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a voter ID bill has been overridden by the state legislature. Lynch, a Democrat, argued that the bill was too restrictive, but Republicans — who have been pushing for voter ID for years — have large majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

* President Obama will travel to Colorado Friday to tour areas devastated by wildfires. He spoke to Gov. Jon Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach today.

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