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By GLENN  THRUSH | 3/14/12 6:38 PM EDT Updated: 3/15/12  12:39 PM EDT

Republicans had high hopes of eroding President Barack Obama’s dominance among Hispanic voters in 2012 — so  great was Latino frustration with Obama’s tough deportation policy and his  failure to fulfill the promesa of immigration reform.

Instead, with eight months to go before Election Day, Obama is on pace to match the 67 percent support he got from  Latino voters in 2008 — and the GOP may be undoing a decade of work to attract Hispanics,  thanks to its election-year rhetorical sprint to the right on immigration, a  charge led by front-runner Mitt Romney.

Romney — who needs to bolster his support among tea-party  conservatives — hasn’t merely embraced the controversial Alabama and Arizona  immigration laws, as most in his party have. He’s sought the advice of the  controversial co-author of the bills, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who  consults with the campaign as an unpaid adviser and whose endorsement has been  touted in conservative primary states such as South Carolina and Arizona.

More important, Romney has publicly espoused Kobach’s polarizing philosophy  of “self-deportation,” the idea of making life so inhospitable to illegal  immigrants they’ll flee rather than face legal proceedings.

Hispanics, a powerful bloc whose vote could decide the outcome in pivotal  states such as Nevada, Florida, Colorado and Arizona, seem to have responded by  abandoning Romney, with only 14 percent of Hispanic voters favoring him over  Obama in a recent Fox Latino poll — one-third of the Hispanic support George W.  Bush enjoyed in 2004.

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Huff Post- Posted: 02/ 1/2012 10:21 am  By-

The Florida primary is in the history books and, as analysts predicted, Mitt Romney romped Newt Gingrich. While the Romney campaign should pat itself on the back for its double-digit victory, they should keep the champagne on ice for now. The polls show President Obama down in Florida, but he may have gotten the last laugh.

Here are four troubling signs for the GOP emerging from the Sunshine State’s primary:

1. Statewide GOP turnout is down from 2008

You would think that with a Republican Party whose “single most important political goal” is to make President Obama a one-term president, GOP voters would have flocked to the polls; however, they did not.

Compared to the 2008 primary, GOP turnout was down 14% on Tuesday. In 2008, 1,949,498 Republicans cast their ballot in the Florida primary; last night, the number was 1,672,702. Are there less registered Republicans now in Florida than there were in 2008? No, there are 25,000 more.

The cause for the drop in GOP turnout last night is unclear. The Republican base isn’t electrified by its front-runner candidate, but it would be foolish for Democrats to assume that means they won’t show up to vote in November because the one thing they are fired up about is defeating President Obama. However, as we saw in the 2000 Florida recount, elections are sometimes won on the slimmest of margins, and Washington Republicans are going to need all hands on deck if they want to defeat the president.

2. Romney’s favorability ratings are down and his negatives are up

Romney may have bombarded Gingrich with negative ads and outspent him 5:1 in Florida, but as the HuffPost Pollster chart below shows, it wasn’t just the former speaker’s image that took a dive as the GOP candidates toured the Sunshine State.

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Local Tea Party Leader Who Suggested Shooting Hispanics Now Is Wanted By Cops — Tweets: ‘Arm Yourself’

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Zachary Roth | April 14, 2010, 3:35PM

Police are searching for a local Tea Party leader in Ohio who is wanted for violating a temporary protection order. Meanwhile, speakers at a Tea Party rally organized by the man, Brian “Sonny” Thomas, have pulled out after he suggested in a tweet that he wanted to shoot Hispanic immigrants — then blaming it on a Bee Gees song.

Thomas is the founder and president of the Springboro Tea Party in southwest Ohio. He faces a misdemeanor charge after recently going to the home of the mother of his son, in violation of a protection order. The woman had previously told police that their son had returned from Thomas’s home with bruises.

Thomas had already been in hot water, after he tweeted during a march in support of immigration reform: “Illegals everywhere today! So many spicks makes me feel like a speck. Grr. Where’s my gun?”

Thomas’s son, and the son’s mother, are Hispanic.

Thomas denied to the Dayton Daily News that he had ever bruised his son. He also said that his anger was focused on illegal immigrants, not legal American citizens like his son.

Thomas has written on his website that the tweet was “facetious.” He also explained it to CNN yesterday by saying that he had been listening to the Bee Gees song “Spicks and Specks.” “I made the reference to the song, not stopping to think of the era that it was produced from and taken out of context could be so offensive to some people,” he said.

The Bee Gees song is not about race. It contains the line: “Where are the girls I left all behind, the spicks and the specks of the girls on my mind?”

In response to the tweet, several local Ohio pols, including former congressman Jim Traficant, announced that they would not participate in a Tea Party rally that Thomas has been planning to mark Tax Day.

The tweet wasn’t the first evidence that Thomas may be unusually preoccupied with race. Among the links to the Springboro Tea Party site is one to a site called white-pride.org, which sells t-shirts expressing pride in various European ancestries. CNN found a picture on Thomas’s MySpace page — no longer available — of him wearing a “white pride” t-shirt. The “White Pride” slogan is frequently used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

As police searched for him yesterday, Thomas tweeted: “Did You Know There are Over 300 Fema Concentration Camps in The United States”. He linked to an extremist website telling readers to “resist the new world order.” He also tweeted: “Professionals advise ‘Arm yourself’ When Seconds Count – Cops are minutes away.”

The controversy over Thomas comes at a time when the Tea Party movement is seeking to present a more mainstream and less controversial image to the public. A group of Tea Partiers recently announced a new federation, designed in part to fight back against charges of racism and extremism.

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