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Latino Vote Decisive

La Opinin, Posted: Nov 06, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Nearly 10 million Latino voters, out of the estimated 12 million who are registered, cast their vote on Tuesday, La Opinin reports. This represented a 32 percent increase over the Latino turnout in 2004. In the past two years, nearly 1.5 million Latinos obtained their citizenship, in order to register to vote and participate in this years elections. Two out of three Latinos voted for Barack Obama.

"We cant say that the Latino vote determined the victory, but together with African American vote it decided the destiny of this country, said Clarissa Martinez de Castro, immigration and national campaign director of the National Council of La Raza.

John McCain received 32 percent of the Latino vote, compared to the 45 percent that President George W. Bush received.

Florida was the most obvious example of the power of the Latino vote. For the first time in the history of this state, 57 percent of Latinos voted in favor of the Democratic Party, ensuring that the state would go blue.



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