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How the Latino Vote May Affect this Year's Election

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A sign reading, "Se habla Espanol", identifies a bilingual election official as voters go to the polls on February 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

A record 27.3 million Latinos are eligible to vote this year, according to the Pew Research Center. And with over half those voters expressing dissatisfaction to pollsters with the nation’s direction, they could have a big impact in November. But experts say a history of low voter turnout and concentrations in non-battleground states haven’t given Latino voters the punch their numbers might suggest. We discuss Hillary Clinton’s 3-to-1 lead over Donald Trump among Latino registered voters, the effect of Trump’s “build a wall” comments and the potential impact of Latino voters in local and congressional races.


Fernand Amandi, principal at Bendixen & Amandi International, a multilingual and multiethnic polling firm

Lisa Garcia Bedolla, chancellor's professor of education and political science, UC Berkeley

Mike Madrid, editor and publisher, California City News

Ben Monterroso, executive director, Mi Familia Vota


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