Shifting demographics, particularly the growth of the minority vote, clearly helped Barack Obama win in 2008. And those shifts continue, which will also help Obama in 2012. Minorities should be 28 percent of the vote, a two-point increase among a constituency that voted 80 percent for Obama.
This year’s presidential election offers up two very distinct prizes. One goes to the winner of the general election in November — the presidency. But to secure that prize, the Republican and Democratic parties are actively courting another prize — the Hispanic voter.
The Hispanic vote is expected to have a tremendous influence on this year’s presidential election due to a dramatic increase of Latino voters in the country, Hispanic journalists recently said at a panel session.