Will Latino voters determine who wins the presidency?

Sep 4, 2012

Democrats Court Latino Vote At Mexican Independence Celebration

Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

There are over 50 million Latinos in the U.S. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, nine percent of the electorate in 2008 was Latino. Two-thirds of them voted for Barack Obama. However, this population’s political tendencies are neither monolithic, nor beholden to modern partisanship. Even the seemingly galvanizing issue of immigration fails to produce political consensus. How Latinos vote in 2012 might be the decisive factor in who wins the presidency.

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