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Latino voters to pick up political clout as numbers increase

Photos like these fill the Facebook page of the National Council of La Raza, expressing Latinos’ love for the United States and urging Hispanics to vote. The NCLR conference will be in Kansas City starting Saturday.
Photos like these fill the Facebook page of the National Council of La Raza, expressing Latinos’ love for the United States and urging Hispanics to vote. The NCLR conference will be in Kansas City starting Saturday. .

The state with the largest population in America also has a Latino majority.

Hispanics in California edged past whites as the largest racial or ethnic group, U.S. Census Bureau data for June show. The state as of July 1, 2014, had about 15 million Latinos compared with 14.9 million non-Hispanic whites.

California’s population overall is estimated to be 38.8 million people. The trend is significant particularly as the country heads into elections in 2016.

Candidates should take Latino voters a lot more seriously particularly in states like California because of those voters increasing numbers. That issue no doubt will surface starting Saturday in Kansas City when thousands of Latinos from throughout the United States gather for the 2015 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference.

California joins New Mexico as a state where Latinos comprise the majority. New Mexico, however, has an estimated population of only 2 million people.

States with a majority-minority population are Hawaii, Texas, California, New Mexico and the District of Columbia. Demographers are predicting that the U.S. will be a majority-minority nation by 2042.

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