SAN ANTONIO – Forty-four years after a young Hillary Clinton registered Mexican Americans in the Texas Río Grande Valley to vote, the Democratic front runner enjoyed overwhelming support in the heavily Hispanic region and around the state.
Meanwhile, county-by-county outcomes suggested Bernie Sanders fared better in several counties in the state with Latino voters.
While Latino voters' preference in Nevada was a point of dispute between the two camps, the preferences of Latino voters in Texas seemed more clear.
The New York Times analysis showed Clinton winning with all voters in heavily Latino counties in the Rio Grande Valley – Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and others, with 60 percent to 70 percent of the vote. She did similarly in Bexar, the county that includes San Antonio, and El Paso counties.
Exit polling of a slice of Latinos who voted showed Clinton won 70 percent of those Latinos, and 28 percent voted for Sanders. The Texas Hispanic sample from the exit poll includes 405 Democratic primary respondents.
Clinton's broad support among different groups was important to her Super Tuesday victories.
"You can't win the nomination writing off the most diverse states. That's the lesson from tonight," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters in Miami, where Clinton gave her Super Tuesday speech.
Bernie Sanders won Colorado, and though there was no exit polling, he was the winner in Latino-heavy Denver, Adams and Weld counties, where the New York Times analysis shows his share of all voters was 54 percent to 61 percent. Hillary won Conejos and Costilla County, also heavily Latino counties.
Arturo Carmona, Sanders' deputy political director, said Latinos play an important part in the upcoming primaries.
"Latinos will play a pivotal role in Sen. Sanders’ path to victory in important states like Arizona, Illinois, New York, California and Florida, and we’re confident he can continue to win in battleground states with their help,” said Carmona.