What does Rick Santorum's Colorado win mean for Latinos?

I turned on the news last night and was stunned when I saw that Rick Santorum had won the Colorado Republican caucuses. I think it was a surprise for pretty much everyone who expected Mitt Romney to take this conservative state too. While only 16 percent of Latino registered voters in Colorado are Republican--compared to the 51 percent who are Democrat--and 61 percent voted for Obama back in 2008, this is a completely different presidential race.

For starters, many Latinos--the majority of whom tend to vote Democrat--are not happy, to put it lightly, with the lack of jobs and Obama's failure to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. It remains to be seen whether they'll vote Republican, something that would definitely give the eventual GOP nominee a leg up since it's well known that Latinos will play a huge role in deciding the presidential election come November.

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So what would a U.S. led by Santorum look like for Latinos? The former Pennsylvania senator is a social conservative. His stance on immigration is not too different from that of other Republican hopefuls. Although he's the son of an Italian immigrant, he strongly opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants, he advocates the need for a fence between the U.S. and Mexico and is against in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. 

I don't see how any of that would make most Latinos happy.

In terms of family values, Santorum is a Catholic pro-lifer who's against same-sex marriage. He has seven children and believes that strong marriages and two-parent homes are what will turn this country around. "We know that marriage and the two-parent family is the unit upon which this country was founded," Santorum has said according to The Associated Press

Considering that a huge segment of the Latino population is Catholic, it's probable that Santorum's family values would sit well with the majority of them. 

Santorum firmly believes that he's the only real challenger to Obama. After his victories last night in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri anything is possible. Would Latinos vote for him if he gets the nomination? I guess we have to wait and see.

What do you think of Santorum's surprising win in Colorado yesterday? Does he have a chance at getting the GOP nomination? Would you vote for him?

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