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The 2000 presidential election was one of the closest in history, yet this book shows that the Latino vote and voice in the election were limited in impact. In time for election year 2004, Muted Voices explores general themes and trends in American politics and Latino voter participation, while focusing on key state electoral results including Florida, Texas, and most important, California. Since 1988, de la Garza and DeSipio have led the way in interpreting the role of Latinos in U.S. elections. This new installment in their series of electoral studies is chock full of data and thematic suggestions about the future of Latino politics. An introduction by public opinion specialist Robert Y. Shapiro puts Latino voter potential in context with U.S. politics and policy.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Awaited Voices: Latinos and U.S. Elections Chapter 2 Between Symbolism and Influence: Latinos and the 2000 Elections Chapter 3 Un Nuevo Dia? Republican Outreach to the Latino Community in the 2000 Campaign Chapter 4 Latino Politics Comes of Age: Lessons from the Golden State Chapter 5 New Mexico Hispanos in the 2000 General Election Chapter 6 Latinos and the 2000 Elections in Colorado: More Real than Apparent, More Apparent than Real? Chapter 7 Will More (Votes) Continue to Equal Less (Influence)? Arizona Latinos in the 2000 Elections Chapter 8 Still Waiting in the Wings: Latinos in the 2000 Texas Elections Chapter 9 Unquestioned Influence: Latinos and the 2000 Election in California Chapter 10 "Pues, At Least We Had Hillary": Latino New York City, the 2000 Elections, and the Limits of Party Loyalty Chapter 11 Battleground Florida Chapter 12 Electoral College Dropouts: Illinois Latinos in the 2000 Presidential Election