Photo: 3.9 million Latinos are expected to vote in California
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s leading organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, today released its 2012 primary electoral profile for the state of California.
The NALEO Educational Fund expects 3.9 million California Latino voters will head to the polls for the November election this year, comprising more than 26% of the state electorate. The Latino electorate was decisive during the 2008 presidential primary. Latino voters were crucial the California victory of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), helping to ensure that her delegate count remained competitive with that of Senator Obama. According to CNN exit polls, California Latino Democrats supported Senator Clinton by a 67% to 32% margin.
California’s 2012 June primary is the state’s first election under its new “open primary” system, which will affect contests for state and Congressional offices. Under the new system, all candidates for state and Congressional offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference – will move on to the general election.