On Election Day, Latino Candidates, Groups Busy On Social Media

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Image: A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura in this file photo
A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California in this file photo from December 21, 2013. On Election Day, candidates are busy tweeting as they try to garner last-minute votes. ERIC THAYER / Reuters

Results may not be known for hours but Latino candidates, political activists and advocates were tweeting and posting on Facebook as soon as polls opened.

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrats' candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, told followers she put in a word with St. Jude, considered the saint for desperate cases, appropriate for a Democrat running in very "red" Texas. A victory could make her the state's first Latina elected statewide.

George P. Bush, son, nephew and grandson of other Bushes who held state or national office, emphasized the up, up, uphill battle Democrats face in Texas, and the friendly environment for the GOP, with a tweak to the cover photo of his Facebook page. Bush faces no opposition for Texas land commissioner, his first step into public office.

Although she'll easily win re-election, Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was doing her part to rally her state's voters. Martinez is considered a potential candidate on the GOP's 2016 ticket.

Just how many Latino voters were expected to answer the call to go to the polls Tuesday? The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials had that question answered.

Meanwhile actress and political activist Eva Longoria didn't let being across an ocean keep her from getting in on the GOTV back home:

Nellie Gorbea, a candidate for Secretary of State in Rhode Island, could be the first Latina elected to statewide office in all of New England with a victory Tuesday. Her photo of a sweet looking dog could wins some last-minute animal lover voters.

And Marilinda Garcia, Republican candidate for New Hampshire's 2nd House district, showed followers she was walking the walk with photos of her at her polling place.

California Democratic State Sen. Alex Padilla was not taking the "no transportation" excuse as a reason not to vote. He's the Democratic candidate for the state's secretary of state.

Finally, contradicting the national narrative that Latinos weren't that important in this election because of limited numbers in states with heated Senate races, Latino Victory Project president Cristobal Alex summed up why Latinos need to up their turnout for midterm elections.