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Another profile of Latino voters breaks down political races showing change is slowly happening

Another profile of Latino voters breaks down political races showing change is slowly happening

LatinaLista — Yesterday, it was the Almanac of Latino Politics and today it's the NALEO Educational Fund’s Briefing on the 2012 Latino Vote.

Presented last week during the Democratic National Convention, the Briefing features Latino congressional candidates from around the country who, if they win, could begin changing the make-up of Congress more than what it currently is.

Identifying the Latino candidates and their opponents, the Briefing's focus is to show the strength of not only Latino political maturity with more Latinos running for public office but also the potential strength that exists with the Latino electorate.

According to projections outlined in the Briefing:

  • 12.2 million Latinos will cast ballots in Election 2012 – an increase of 26% from November 2008.
  • Latinos will account for 8.7% of all voters.
  • Latinos will again be a decisive force in the race to White House, in addition to statewide and local elections across the nation.

Presented with these predictions, it's no wonder both political parties are going after the Latino constituency. The ironic thing though is that one party actually wants Latino votes and the other party is trying to discourage those same votes, since the majority won't be for them.

Either way, the potential for Latino voters to make a difference in the 2012 election is not yet understood nor appreciated by the majority of Latino voters — and time is running out.

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