Explain Why the Hispanic Vote Is Becoming More Important in Us Elections

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Explain why the Hispanic vote is becoming more important in US elections (10 marks) Hispanics are a growing group in the USA in terms of politics, this can be seen through demographics, according to the 2000 census, they did form 12% of the population, but by the 2010 census this figure has increased over 16% (51 million people) this was due to immigration and birth rates, therefore over the years they have become more influential as they are now a larger proportion or the electorate. Furthermore, because they are a young group and a significant proportion are not yet of voting age, with one quarter of Hispanics being under 18, Their full political importance is yet to show as they have not yet acquired the right to vote, which is one…show more content…
This could be due to George D. Bush though, as in the 2000 he made a significant effort to pitch for the Hispanic vote, with the help of him speaking fluent Spanish. However, in 2012 these figures went down to 27%. With 71% of the Hispanic population supporting Obama and the Democratic beliefs such as rights for ethnic minorities, welfare and supporters of the ‘dream act’ allowing for naturalisation. There was also evidence of the alienation of this group however, by Romney in 2012, whose reference to ‘self-deportation’ and anti-immigration views in the campaign is thought to have affected his chances of winning in several states and for some future Republicans in their campaigns. But, Hispanics did help push Republicans to victory in a few 2014 races, as when Cory Gardner ousted Colorado Senator. When looking at political campaigns in recent years there has been increasing evidence in the parties’ campaigns for the support of this racial group as they are being targeted in the campaigns in a strategic manner, by campaigning in Spanish or supporting citizenship, or heavy focus on Hispanic candidates from the parties for examples the Republican focus was on candidates such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. It is true that the Hispanic population, at 53 million, is still much smaller than the non-Hispanic population, at around 260 million. But it's also a population that represents a massive opportunity for either party. In

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