Latino voters make record impact at polls

Latino voters make record impact at polls

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President Obama's win is being attributed to many factors, particularly support among key voting blocs including Latinos.

"Every month 50,000 Latinos become 18 and become eligible to vote," said Paul Saldana, an activist for the Latino community.

As the Latino population grows at a steady pace so does the power of the Latino vote. Nationally, President Obama received 75 percent of the Latino vote compared to Governor Romney's 23 percent.

"The message that republicans are taking to Latinos isn't necessarily resonating or it's downright offensive."

Saldana says republicans are sending the wrong message to Latino voters when it comes to immigration issues, voter ID laws and education cuts.

"The republican party and their ideas and thoughts about priorities need to evolve," said Saldana.

Texas has the second largest Latino population of any state in the country. Saldana says if republicans don't adjust their message, big changes could be ahead for the GOP in the lone star state.

"No one can take for granted that they're going to be successfully reelected," said Saldana.

Saldana says there could be enough political shift to make Texas go from solid red to a swing state in 8 to 12 years.

"Unfortunately it's going to take a rude awakening, i.e. In other words election results like what happened last night to serve as an eye opener," said Saldana.

Conservatives say not so fast. On Tuesday night, Texas elected the state's first Latino to a U.S. Senate seat. That was tea party backed republican, Ted Cruz.

"With Ted Cruz being elected that's a pretty significant moment, to see someone like him that's a Hispanic like myself, really identify with people throughout the state," said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values. He says many Latinos in Texas share the same conservative values as Cruz and other Latino republicans.

Saenz says Latino voters are turned off by democrats supporting issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

"Those issues and support of those issues by the democratic party do not resonate as well with Hispanics," Saenz said.

While it still remains to be seen which way Latino voting will trend in coming state and national elections, it is almost certain Latino voters will make an impact at the polls.

"Whether folks like it or not the Hispanic population is going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds," said Saldana.

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