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Beyond the Barrio: Latinos in the 2004 Elections analyzes the mobilization of Latino voters at the state and national levels during the 2004 campaign and the efforts of Latino communities to influence electoral outcomes. The volume is the most recent installment in the quadrennial analyses of Latinos and national elections begun in 1988 by Rodolfo de la Garza and Louis DeSipio. This ongoing project is the only scholarly effort to track the emergence of Latino influence in U.S. politics over the last two decades.
The volume examines how and when Latinos were the focus of candidate/campaign mobilization, how Latinos themselves organized to influence electoral outcomes, and where and under what circumstances they succeeded. In addition to state-level analyses, Beyond the Barrio presents an analytical overview of the national presidential campaign that includes measures of Latino influence and a review of state and local contests that led to the election of Latino officials. It also extends the analysis to states with small Latino populations that are just beginning to organize. The editors consider 2004 as a "signpost" election, in which both major parties began a transition from symbolic gestures toward Latino voters to more serious, issue-related efforts to court the Latino vote.
The expertise of the contributors ensures that Beyond the Barrio avoids simple generalizations about the "Latino vote" and illustrates its complexity, as well as the opportunities and challenges faced by Latino voters and Latino leaders.
"This latest volume focusing on Latino politics in the 2004 election may well be the best in the series. If you are looking for a book on Latino political participation or a work to supplement your American Government class, this is the book." —Robert D. Wrinkle, University of Texas-Pan American
"This volume makes an indispensable contribution toward understanding the continuing political development of U.S. Latino communities by assessing their roles in the 2004 U.S. elections. This book should not be missed by anyone interested in tracking the complex realities of the roles played by the nation's largest ethno-racial minority group in the first national elections since officially gaining that status following the 2000 decennial U.S. Census." —Ronald Schmidt, Sr., California State University, Long Beach
1 Introduction. A View from the Battleground's Periphery: Latinos and the 2004 Elections Louis DeSipio David L. Leal 1
2 Hispanic Voting in the American States: The Case of 2004 Robert S. Erikson 73
3 Hispanic Politics in a Battleground State: New Mexico in 2004 Christine Marie Sierra F. Chris Garcia 97
4 Emerging Pattern or Unique Event? The Power of the Nonracial Campaign in Colorado Eric Gonzalez Juenke Anna Christina Sampaio 131
5 Battleground Voters in a Battleground State? Latinos in Arizona and the 2004 Presidential Election Manuel Avalos Lisa Magaña Adrian D. Pantoja 159
6 A Candle in the Wind? Latinos and the 2004 Elections in Texas Jessica Lavariega Monforti 171
7 Why California Matters: How California Latinos Influence Presidential Elections Matt A. Barreto Ricardo Ramírez Luis R. Fraga Fernando Guerra 201
8 New York in 2004: Political Blues for Hispanics Douglas Muzzio Jeronimo Cortina 221
9 The Hispanic Vote in Florida Dario Moreno Maria llcheva Juan Carlos Flores 251
10 Illinois Latinos in the 2004 Election: The Waiting Game Continues Jaime Domínguez 271
11 El Estado del Jardín: New Jersey Latinos in the 2004 Election Jason P. Casellas 293
12 Hearing Footsteps: Latino Population Growth and Anticipated Political Effects in the "New Destination" States Christina E. Bejarano Gary M. Segura 313
13 Conclusion. The 2004 Election: More of the Same or a New Foundation? Rodolfo O. de la Garza 333