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Scott Courts the Hispanic Vote

Scott Courts the Hispanic Vote

Gov. Rick Scott is making a concentrated push to reach out to Hispanic voters in what will likely be a tight re-election campaign.   But that push is leading Scott to abandon the hard line he took four years ago against illegal immigration.
 
Scott on Monday signed into law a bill that guarantees in-state tuition rates to high school students living in the country illegally.  The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.  Scott opposed the idea in 2011, but polls show Hispanic voters overwhelmingly behind the move.

The current in-state rate is a quarter of what out-of-state students pay.

The Republican governor has taken a series of steps to ramp up his Hispanic outreach.   Scott just last week launched a Spanish radio ad, and he aired a television ad in late April.

Copyright: AP/Photo: Office of the Governor

 

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