A spotlight shines on the role of the Latino vote in the wake of yesterday’s presidential election. Latinos chose President analysis of exit polls by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.over Republican , 71 percent to 27 percent, according to
The Latino vote played a significant role, and it’s a factor that’s slated to increase in strength.
Obama's national vote share among Hispanic voters was the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996, when Presidentwon 72 percent of the Hispanic vote. It was not, however, a “record high,” as some pundits predicted. That record belongs to President , who garnered 76 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1976.
Hispanics also made up a growing share of voters in three of the key battleground states in the election: Florida, Colorado and Nevada.
Obama's Hispanic vote was up from 2008 in Florida and Colorado but down in Nevada.
Among Latino voters, support for Obama was strong across all major demographic subgroups. However, Latinos manifested the same gender gap that characterized the general population. Obama carried Hispanic women with 76 percent of the vote and Hispanic males with 65 percent.
US demographics are changing. By 2050 the minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday are on track to become a majority of the nation's population. The Hispanic share of the US population could be as high as 29 percent, up from 17 percent now.
It is a powerful, emerging electorate.
This year 22 million Latinos were of voting age, eligible to register. However, fewer than 11 million were actually registered 18 months ago, according to a communication from Juan Andradi, Jr. of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.
A new commentary released today by the Pew Social & Demographics Trends project, focuses on the new demographics: "A Milestone En Route to a Majority Minority Nation."