The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is projecting 6.5 million Latinos will vote this mid-term election season, an increase of nearly one million voters from the 2006 midterm elections, a 17 percent jump. Further, Hispanics in some states will make up a significant portion of the electorate and therefore will determine the outcome of those races.
In addition, the number of Latino candidates running for state Senate and state Houses nationwide are expected to make gains; nine seats in the state upper chambers (from 65 to 74) and five in the state lower chambers (from 179 to 184). Latinos are running for top positions in 41 states throughout the nation – which shows political progress in both the traditional Latino population centers, and in regions with emerging Latino communities. In this year’s election—both as candidates and as voters—Latinos are poised to play a key role in shaping the nation’s political landscape.