06/04/2013 12:12 pm ET

The Latino Voters Who Drove The 2012 Vote

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Naturalized Latino immigrants who arrived in the 1990s, older Latinos, and Puerto Ricans were the 3 groups within the Latino voter demographic whose participation in the 2012 elections did not drop from 2008 – whereas turnout declined in all other groups. This is one of the findings in a new Pew Hispanic report out today, Inside the 2012 Latino electorate.

A record 11.2 million Latinos voted in 2012, a result of the increasing Latino population in the U.S. But the turnout rate – in other words, the percentage of eligible Latino voters who went out and voted – dropped slightly in 2012 to 48 percent, from 49.9 in 2012.

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