3.03.2008

Young Latino Voters on the Rise

Over a year ago, I wrote that the new primary schedule would give America's growing Latino voting population a potentially decisive voting bloc. We've seen evidence of this trend in California, Nevada, New York and elsewhere, but it's in Texas, and especially among younger Latinos, that is proving most significant.

Young Latino Voters on the Rise is an article in today's press by AP which examines this timely issue. Here's an excerpt:

The power of that fast-growing slice of the Latino vote may soon be put to the test in Texas, where Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are competing fiercely for the support of Hispanic voters in the state's March 4 Democratic primary.

About 20 percent, of 2.6 million, registered voters in Texas have Hispanic surnames, and about a third of the state's eligible Hispanic voters are 18 to 29.

''If they turn out in bigger numbers than they have in the past, it could be a real turning point. It's this very large and growing untapped pool,'' said Roberto Suro, a founder of the Pew Hispanic Center and a journalism professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.
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