Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz made history at this year’s Iowa caucus. Not only did Cruz defeat Donald Trump, he became the first Latino in US history to win a presidential caucus/primary. Cruz, who was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother, is definitely Latino. But after his historic victory, a familiar question about Cruz re-emerged on Twitter: “He’s Latino, but is he really Latino?”
This guy reminded everyone that Cruz’s first name is as Latino as it gets:
Also I may be wrong, but it looks like Rafael "Ted" Cruz is the first Latino to win a presidential caucus.
— JoS. S. Laughon (@paleomexicano) February 2, 2016
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Yes, Ted Cruz’s full name is actually Rafael Edward Cruz.
So, while some celebrated Cruz’s historic accomplishment:
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Others were a bit more cynical about it:
Ted Cruz might win the nomination, but as soon as white America finds out his name is Rafael, he'll lose the election.
— Maxi Rodriguez (@FutbolIntellect) February 2, 2016
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This journalist wondered why Latino political organizations weren’t celebrating Cruz’s historic victory:
Is Rafael Edward Cruz aka @tedcruz the first Latino candidate to win the Iowa Caucus? Why aren´t Latino groups claiming that?
— Pilar Marrero (@PilarMarrero) February 2, 2016
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@Stella_Rouse opined that although Cruz may be Latino, he doesn’t look out for the best interests of Latinos:
— Stella Rouse (@Stella_Rouse) February 2, 2016
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@brittaufait explained why Cruz isn’t seen as the “Latino candidate”:
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So, despite Cruz’s victory, Marco Rubio is seen as the stronger Latino GOP candidate:
— Sandra Lilley (@SandraLilley) February 2, 2016
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But does that mean Latinos will flock to Rubio? Numbers whiz Nate Silver asked this naive question…
What will Latinos do in the Bernie-Rubio general election?
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 2, 2016
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Several people let him know what we’ve been saying for years: All Latinos are NOT THE SAME.
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So while this guy said he would vote for Rubio…
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Others reminded Silver that Rubio being Cuban doesn’t mean he’ll get automatic support from other Latinos:
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So, while Cruz made history, he has some work to do. There’s some people out there who didn’t even know Cruz was Latino:
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But he may be winning some Latinos over:
Watching Ted Cruz's dad in Iowa it finally hit me that a latino is running for prez. His dad reminds me of my abuelo. #confused voter in NY
— JC Cruz (@jccruz55) February 2, 2016