October 11, 2012

Share of Latino Eligible Voters in Battleground States

17%

Fewer than two-in-ten Latino eligible voters live in the battleground states for this year’s presidential election.

Some 17% of all Hispanic eligible voters live in this year’s battleground states – Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Among eligible voters in those states, a total of 8% are Hispanic.

In some swing states, there is a sizable number of Hispanic eligible voters. For example, in Florida there are more than 2 million Hispanics eligible to vote, making up 15.9% of the state’s eligible voters. The battleground states of Florida, Colorado and Nevada each have large Hispanic populations that have grown in size and share since 2008.

However, most potential Latino voters do not live in battleground states. More than half (55%) live in just three states — California, Texas and New York. When other non-battleground states with large Latino populations are included – Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and New Mexico – two-thirds (68%) of the Latino electorate is accounted for. Read More