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Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 19, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) for a discussion on the power and potential of Latino voters– the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. electorate – in the upcoming election and beyond. Gary Segura, Co-founder of Latino Decisions, will talk about new poll numbers that the firm released today showing that a full 70 percent of Latino voters are more likely to vote to re-elect President Obama, and only 22 percent are more likely to vote for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
“Political analysts have asserted that a republican presidential candidate needs to win at least 40 percent of the Latino vote,” said Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “With these new numbers it looks like Mitt Romney is barely walking to the White House, letting alone running there.”
This event will contextualize the recent demographic changes that have put Latinos in an ever more critical electoral position, and talk about their voting preferences, as well as the importance of increasing voter registration and turnout. Latinos already comprise over 10 percent of the population in close to a dozen states. In a number of the most closely watched battleground states, including Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada, Latino voters have the power to sway the upcoming presidential election as well as impact House and Senate races.
Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Gary Segura, Co-founder, Latino Decisions, and Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
A light breakfast will be served at 9:00am.
July 19, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET
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