It is a pleasure to have Dr. Susan MacManus as a “Thought Provoker” on Political Pasión. These “Thought Provokers” are individuals (or a group) that make a difference in our community and challenge us to do the same.
I have always had very high respect for Dr. MacManus as Distinguished University Professor from my alma mater, The University of South Florida. She also serves as Survey Director for www.sunshinestatesurvey.org and is highly sought to give her opinion on politics in Florida. Here is what Dr. MacManus had to say about the 2014 Florida gubernatorial race:
Evelyn Perez-Verdia: “Here we are with Dr. Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida. Dr. MacManus, can you tell us why the Hispanic vote is so important in this gubernatorial election?”
Dr. MacManus: “This race is tied right now and 14.5 percent of all of the registered voters in Florida are Hispanic. So clearly they can make a difference in who wins or loses this race. It is also true that Hispanics now outnumber African American voters in the state and are on the rise; but it is also true that the Hispanic voters are not always cohesive; they differ by country of origin– they are very fascinating to study. But let me tell you this, there is not better proof of the power of the Hispanic vote than the fact that each of the two candidates selected a Hispanic running mate. That pretty much says it all.”