That’s how many Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis.
That’s an increase from 19.5 million eligible Hispanic voters in 2008, when 9.7 million voted in the election. President Barack Obama won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to a national exit poll.
Hispanics account for more than 20 percent of the overall population in three swing states — Nevada (27 percent), Florida (23 percent) and Colorado (21 percent), according to 2011 Census Bureau estimates. Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney held their first of three debates yesterday in Denver, and the president will campaign in Colorado today.
While the Hispanic population has surged, the political influence of that ethnic group hasn’t realized its full potential partly because Hispanics generally have lower rates of voter registration and turnout than non-Hispanics.