August 06, 2009


A Closer Look at the Sotomayor Vote

Judge Sonia Sotomayor won Senate confirmation earlier today to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The result was expected, but it's fun nonetheless to break down the vote.

The Hotline observes that of the Republican senators standing for re-election next year, all 12 voted against Sotomayor. However, of the seven Republican senators likely to retire between now and 2010, four of them voted to confirm.

Nate Silver notes the Hispanic vote in their states didn't seem to sway senators. Eight of the nine Republican yea votes came from states with tiny Hispanic populations... By contrast, the five Republican senators in states where roughly 20 percent or more of population is Hispanic all voted against Sotomayor.

Leave your own observations in the comments.










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