Rubio could win Hispanic vote for GOP in 2016, but would still lose to Clinton, poll says

A new poll reveals that if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) runs for President in 2016, he could do something the GOP has been struggling to do for decades — win the Hispanic vote.

Despite that achievement, however, Rubio would still lose in a head-to-head matchup with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Washington Examiner reports. Clinton would win 46 percent of the votes, with Rubio only snagging 23 percent.

But Rubio’s prospective win with Hispanics, 48 percent to 34 percent against Clinton, is of major importance to the GOP. The Party has struggled to seem relatable to Hispanic voters, with President Obama taking 67 percent in 2008 and 70 percent in 2012.

“I have been one to suggest that the Hispanic vote could be hopeless for the GOP,” said John Zogby, senior analyst of Zobgy Analytics, the company that conducted the poll. “But maybe not?”

A senior GOP official told The Examiner that if Rubio won the Hispanic vote, “then he can win the presidency.”

Rubio, one of the ‘Gang of Eight‘ pushing for immigration reform, is already considered to be somewhat of the Party favorite heading toward the 2016 presidential election. But the Florida Senator is consistently polling worse that Clinton, so he still has a long way to go if he wants to capture the presidency.

The poll was conducted Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 among 857 likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.

(h/t The Washington Examiner)

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  1. Sean Murphy says:

    Now that we have a republican who can truly explain conservative ideology, we are willing to forgo the constitution?? Mr. Rubio is not a natural-born citizen and is therefore ineligible to hold the seat of POTUS. Just because THEY have an usurper in our White House does not mean we should side-step the Law as well. This is why the TEA Party will eventually win the day.

    1. Keith says:

      Your position is utterly insane. Rubio was born in Miami and his parents weren’t diplomats so he clearly is a natural-born citizen beyond all doubt. 8 USC § 1401 is quite clear:

      “The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:

      a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;”

      While being born outside of US jurisdiction doesn’t automatically mean that someone is not a “natural born” citizen, being born in the US under US law makes someone a natural born citizen.

      1. Sean Murphy says:

        I’m sorry, Keith. You couldn’t be more wrong. Vattel’s Law of Nations could not be more clear that a natural born citizen, or native, if you will, requires birth on American soil and both parents to be citizens. Common sense dictates that the founders meant more than just a regular old citizen in that Article 2 Section 1 is the ONLY place and ONLY seat in the constitution places the stipulation that a president must be a natural born citizen….a person of the soil and loyal ONLY to that soil. Wise up.

        1. knel says:

          What are you talking about? Vattel’s Law of Nations?? We use the US constitution for US laws, not the work of a Swiss philosopher. And while you may not think that Rubio is a natural-born citizen, lawyers have verified that Rubio, based on the definition of a natural-born citizen in the US constitution, is indeed one. You are not entitled to your own facts. And if you don’t believe me, then too bad, because Rubio will run in 2016 anyway, because he has his facts right on this matter.

  2. Jerry says:

    I aggree, Mr. Murphy…Two wrongs don’t make a right. Why doesn’t one of his constituents ask him to clarify if he thinks he’s eligible? I wrote him about that 2 weeks ago, and since I’m not one of his constituents, I suppose he’s not obligated to reply…… Jerry (in Tucson)

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