Thursday, July 15, 2004

Latino Clout

From the Miami Herald:

About 40 million strong and counting, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States and are heavily represented in several key presidential battleground states, including Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Florida. And while Hispanics have been a reliable Democratic constituency in recent election years - voting in favor of the Democratic presidential candidate by a two-to-one margin or more in the last decade - Republicans have made aggressive efforts to court Hispanic voters and close that margin over time.

While the number of Hispanics has increased rapidly, voter participation has lagged. About 5.9 million Hispanic voters went to the polls in 2000; Southwest Voter and other advocacy organizations plan to bring the total number of registered Hispanic voters to 10 million this year, and send at least 7.5 million to the polls.



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