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Castro Attracts, Cruz Pushes Away Latino Voters In New Poll

Julián Castro
Ryan Loyd

A new poll says San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in a favored position to run for vice president in 2016.

The poll by Latino Decisions, a group focused on Latino political opinion research, has started speculation that Castro could be viewed as a strong contender, should he be picked as a vice presidential candidate in three years.

Latino Decisions interviewed 1,200 Latino presidential election voters in June. One question said that if Castro was selected as the vice presidential candidate, how would that effect a respondent's likelihood of voting Democrat in the 2016 presidential election?
Respondents said they were 32 percent more likely to vote Democrat with Castro on the ticket as vice president.

The poll asked a similar question about Republican Senator Ted Cruz. If he were selected as vice president, what is the likelihood the respondent would vote Republican.

Respondents said they were 32 percent less likely to vote Republican with Cruz as vice president on the the ticket.

An article on Buzzfeed.com said that Castro's popularity in the Latino community makes him a favorite to be named a vice presidential nominee in 2016. The article pulled another result from the poll: Only Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden had higher favorability than Castro among Democratic politicians on the survey.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.