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JUL 18, 2013 - The Economist

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Lexington: Lessons from the desert

“I DON’T know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican,” said Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, in 2010. Three months later, Brian Sandoval, a Republican, defeated Mr Reid’s son to become the first Hispanic governor of Nevada. Voters in New Mexico that day made Susana Martinez, another Republican, America’s first Latina governor. And over in Florida Marco Rubio, a charismatic young Cuban-American, won a Senate seat after an insurgent, tea party-backed campaign.Republicans now have two Latino (and two Asian-American) governors; Democrats have none. Mr Sandoval, a former ... Read More

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