Tuesday’s election is already so…2012.
That’s why many are already looking forward to a 2016 election filled with intrigue and the prospect of heavy political hitters entering the fray.
With that in mind, the visit of Marco Rubio to Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, for the birthday fundraiser for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, is turning heads.
Rubio will headline the event in Altoona, Iowa on November 17.
Stephen Nuño, a Northern Arizona university political science professor and NBC Latino contributor, says Tuesday’s election results make a run for the presidency by Rubio more likely.
“Anyone who thinks Latinos won’t be an important part of the next Presidential election was asleep last Tuesday,” he says. “Romney made a mistake by not choosing Rubio to be his VP, and my guess is Rubio’s stock as a political candidate has shot way up in the minds of the GOP after Tuesday.”
With 75 percent of Latinos supporting President Obama’s re-election, according to Latino Decisions, the Hispanic electorate will be a major focus for a changing Republican Party and Democrats seeking to keep Latinos squarely in their corner.
That means high-profile Latino politicians like Marco Rubio may get more than a cursory look on the national stage.