Nearly one-in-three eligible voters on Election Day (31%) will be Hispanic, black, Asian or another racial or ethnic minority.
Asian-American voters lag whites and blacks in turnout in midterm elections, an analysis of Census Bureau data shows.
Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites.
The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the nation's population by 2050. They currently make up 37% of the population, and they cast a record 28% of the votes in the 2012 presidential election.
In the last four national elections, generation has mattered more in American elections than it has in decades. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. In a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there is a 20-point gap in support for Obama between Millennials and the over-65 Silent generation.