Latino Population’s Role in the Upcoming Elections

The Latino Population can substantially effect who our next president will be.

by Muizz Ullah (Staff Writer) – 3/19/16

Latino population coming together to share their political beliefs.
Latino population coming together to share their political beliefs.

The upcoming election is very significant, especially with the open seat in our Supreme Court for the next president to assign. When it comes to who and how our government will be operated, the Latino population can play a major role in this decision.

According to a new study by City University of New York, our next president may rely on the number of Latino votes in swing states such as Nevada, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida. Latinos are already voting in higher numbers as their voter turnout is projected to approach 10% in November in contrast to the cast of 3.9% of the national population in 1992.

“States with relatively small percentages of the total national Latino electorate will probably determine who will be the next president of the United States. However, in very close elections in each state, Latinos may determine the victor despite the fact that they will be a small portion of those who vote,” said the report by CUNY’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies.

A good Latino turnout is projected in Nevada in November, as 53% of those eligible in the demographic and if that projection is accurate, they will account for 20% of all voters casting ballots.

Kennedy senior Angel Casillas stated, “This is for all those people that don’t think their opinion matters or thinking that their voice isn’t heard. It’s important to participate in our government any way possible for a brighter future.”

The fact that the Latino population voter turnout can play such a huge role in the upcoming presidential election is amazing because this really shows how far this country has gotten from the day our constitution was established. The thing that makes this such a memorable moment is that the Latino population is a minority group, currently in the in the United States.

Already, this year’s election is making Latino history if you look among the candidates. For example, Senator Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American, is the first Hispanic candidate to ever win a presidential caucus or primary when he won the Republican caucus in Iowa. Senator Marco Rubio, also a Cuban-American and Republican, wasn’t too far off and came in third.
According to the New York Times,  Cruz accounted for 28% of the votes while Rubio accounted for 23%, but both surpassed results achieved by any other Latino candidate in any previous presidential contest.

This is just  the tip of the iceberg and other ethnicities have started participating more in politics and government. There are minority members in Congress, which for example, includes Asian Americans in the House and one in the Senate.