Round-up of stories about Florida and the 2012 presidential campaign (8/8)

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New findings released by Jumptap, a mobile advertising network, reveal that residents of the Southern and Southwestern United States tend to prefer devices running Google’s Android operating system, whereas Apple’s iOS devices are more popular in the Midwest and Northeast.
One can’t help but compare the Android vs. iOS visualization to a map of red vs. blue states from the past four presidential elections, and the the similarities are undeniable. Could it be that Republicans prefer Android operating systems and Democrats are generally iOS fanboys? Jumptap’s data seems to suggest just that.
Read into it what you will, but important swing states in the upcoming 2012 presidential election, such as Florida and Ohio, turned up to be Android-dominant in the Mobile TAP report.
Despite massive voter registration drives in 2008 and 2010, only about 60% of Latino citizen adults are registered to vote, compared to 70% of Blacks, and 74% of Whites. Thus, while the Latino population is growing dramatically (43% growth since 2000, compared to 1% growth in the White population), it’s influence in 2012 could be even greater than expected if voter registration drives take shape.
Overall, we estimate 21.5 million Latino citizen adults will be eligible to vote in November 2012, up from 19.5 million in 2008. If registration rates remain constant, that will leave over 8 million Latino eligible voters who are not registered in 2012. With significant voter registration drives the Latino vote can go from influential to essential. In addition to the current Latino share of the citizen adult population in each state in the table above, we’ve also listed the estimated number of Latinos eligible to vote who are not registered, given growth rates. For example, while Latinos are growing in influence in Arizona, there are over 400,000 Latinos eligible to vote who are not yet registered. In Florida it’s even more – over 600,000 Latinos could be added to the voter rolls. Newly naturalized citizens and young Latinos turning 18 are adding literally a half-million of new potential voters each year.
Loser of the week: Barack Obama. A Quinnipiac University poll finds Florida independent voters — the ones who decide elections — disapprove of Obama’s performance nearly 2-to-1. He has serious work to do to win Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
Not only is Romney way ahead of all other GOP presidential contenders in most public polling in Florida, but he is also way ahead in the money game statewide and locally.
Romney has raised about $1.5 million from Florida donors since he entered the presidential race, according to the Federal Election Commission. None of the other announced candidates has raised as much as $200,000. Ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was supposed to be Romney’s big rival, has raised less than $170,000 from Florida donors so far.
“He’s had a big advantage because he ran in 2008 and has all those contacts and relationships,” said Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.