Record Number of Latinos Going to Polls

Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 10:25 AM

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The number of Latino’s going to the polls hit a record number in 2010, helping three Hispanic Republicans win statewide elections in key swing states for the 2012 presidential race, USA Today reported Wednesday.

The Pew Hispanic Center reported that more than 6.6 million Latinos voted in November, setting a high-water mark for mid-term elections. Overall, Latinos represented 6.9 percent of voters last year, a jump from the 5.6 percent in 2006.

latino votersHispanic votes helped Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio win last fall.

As the presidential election gears up, those states will be on prominent display since President Barack Obama won in each of those states in 2008. He’ll need to repeat his victories among Hispanic voters to get back in the White House.

While Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote nationwide in 2008, the showing of Republicans two years later shows there’s a window of opportunity to sway a portion of the Latino vote.

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