Sotomayor and 2010

May 27, 2009 at 6:33 am | Posted in Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Supreme Court | Leave a comment
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After nominating the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court, Obama traveled to Nevada last night to headline a fundraiser for Sen. Harry Reid who faces a tough 2010 reelection fight. 

Politico:
“…the [Sotomayor] choice could bolster the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid among the state’s large Hispanic population.”

The Page:
“Obama said last night: Make sure that Harry Reid continues to be our majority leader. As long as I’m president I want him to be my majority leader.”

Considering the rapidly growing Hispanic population is trending Democratic, Obama’s choice of Sotomayor could make a powerful impact on 2010 elections, especially for Democrats facing a tough battle.

Besides Harry Reid, the Sotomayor pick, according to Politico, “could also strengthen the hand of Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut — home to a large concentration of Puerto Ricans — and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, where the recently appointed Democratic senator could face a difficult election to a first full term in a state with a high percentage of Hispanic voters.” As well as Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), who’s district includes the “fast-growing Hispanic population around the I-4 corridor — much of it Puerto Rican, like Sotomayor.”

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