File photo of Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Cruz speaking at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua

Why Ted Cruz's candidacy isn't catching fire with U.S. Latinos

File photo of Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Cruz speaking at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a less diverse Republican presidential field, Ted Cruz, the make-good son of a Cuban immigrant, would be viewed more for what he is – a candidate with a legitimate shot at making U.S. history as the nation’s first Latino president in 2016. Instead, the senator from Texas finds himself in a strange position as he sees himself eclipsed both by Senator Marco Rubio, also a Cuban-American, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a fluent Spanish-speaker married to a Mexican-American, as early favorites among Hispanic Republicans who could play an increasingly influential role in the nomination process. To Latinos, Cruz often feels more like an afterthought.

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