Like never before, Latino voters will make a significant difference in 2008, especially in Texas.
Latinos total one quarter of the Texas electorate and are about 3.6 million strong.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is thought to have a strong edge in the March 4 Primary, although younger Latinos seem to be giving Mr. Obama a serious look.
Mr. Obama has asked many long time voters for their support, many who seem unshakeable in their loyalty to Mrs. Clinton.
United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta has urged Latinos to vote for Senator Clinton. Dolores is held in high esteem by many Latinos and viewed as a heroine of Civil and Human Rights.
My predictions, based on local news, grocery store chatter and ear to the ground feedback:
Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote in Texas by +5%.