Two reports today highlight the growing importance of Latino voters in Florida. First, Pew noted there were 1.4 million registered Latinos in the state. Secondly, Politics365 reported that this bloc may be key to whichever Republican wins the presidential nomination in that state. The Pew Hispanic Center released a report today, noting that:
…1,473,920 Latinos are registered to vote statewide. Overall, Latinos make up 13.1% of the state’s more than 11.2 million registered voters. Among Latino registered voters, 452,619 are registered as Republicans, making up 11.1% of all Republican registered voters. And 564,513 Latino registered voters are registered as Democrats, representing 12.4% of all Democratic registered voters.
Politics365 reported recently that:
[Photo By Pew]
The Puerto Rican vote in Florida may also have the greatest opportunity for growth in voter participation within its existing population. Although Puerto Ricans have been known to have a lower voter turnout than the rest of the population, some analysts suggest this means they have nowhere to go but up.