The decision by leading advocacy groups not to urge their large voting bloc to stay at home in November confirms the political calculation of senior Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House: Latino voters won’t abandon the party, even with a delay on executive action. Latino leaders believe that electing more Republicans to Congress weakens the chances of any immigration reform legislation passing and that picking a fight with Obama — their most powerful ally — could backfire.
“We just can’t sit back and dwell on this. We’ve got to get out and work and build our own political power,” said Latino Victory Project’s Cristóbal Alex, who predicted that more than 7 million Latino voters would turn out for the midterm elections.
The White House also played a role in quelling some anger by holding a series of meetings with stakeholders since the announcement that Obama would not move forward before the election.
But it remains unclear, even to groups spending millions of dollars on Election Day efforts, whether Hispanics will respond to the call.