The Latino Vote

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Latinos comprise one of the most hotly-contested voting blocs in the United States. In Nevada, which holds its caucuses on Saturday, more than 103,000 registered voters are Latino. In that state, the Democratic candidates — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards — are virtually tied.

In the second hour, we'll turn our attention to the Latino vote. Paul Taylor, who directs the Pew Hispanic Center, will join us, to take us through the data. For whom did they vote in the last election? What do polls indicate about the electorate today? And we'll ask Luis Clemens, editor of, how candidates are wooing Latino voters. If you're a Latino voter, what issues matter most to you?

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You are discussing a second generation illegal population's affect on the vote. Some of us are really outraged, and the exponential affect will only become more and more obvious with time.

Sent by Elaine | 3:30 PM | 1-17-2008

My Mexican-American husband became an enthusiastic Reagan Republican; he became disenchanted when it turned out that the group was dominated by Cuban-Am concerns and the Anglo would-be organizers could not tell the difference between the many sub-groups in the Latino population

Sent by Joy Nelson | 4:03 PM | 1-17-2008

It's very interesting that of all the democratic candidates only Bill Richardson ever addressed the border fence that they are currently building. Though Obama has think a better understanding of Latino issues

Sent by | 4:47 PM | 1-17-2008