In Florida, Latinos tilt for Obama while seniors tilt for Romney

November 6, 2012

Early exit polls in Florida show the Latino vote is strong for President Obama, while seniors are giving Mitt Romney a boost.

According to the exit polls, Obama is winning the Latino vote 60 percent to 32 percent after carrying it 57 percent to 42 percent in 2008. And Latinos are also a larger share of the vote — 17 percent, as compared to 15 percent four years ago.

One area where Obama is performing worse: seniors. He took 45 percent of those 65 and older in 2008, but is taking 42 percent this year. These voters represent 24 percent of the electorate, as compared to 22 percent four years ago.

Obama, notably, shored up his support among Latinos recently by signing an executive order halting deportations of young illegal immigrants. Democrats also thought they had a coup among seniors when Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice president. Ryan's budget in the House turned Medicare into a voucher program.

Latinos and seniors are huge constituencies in Florida — more so than most other swing states.

As for the partisan split of the electorate, it's very similar to 2008, with a three-point advantage for Democrats. 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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