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First time Latino voters outpace non-Latinos in southwest states, Florida and New York

The eligible Hispanic population has become decisive for the results of the elections in several major states across the United States including Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New York and Texas

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March 17, 2023 9:12am

Updated: March 17, 2023 9:12am

First time Latino voters in the United States now outpace first time non-Latino voters in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New York and Texas, according to a report by Televisa Univision and L2Data obtained by Axios.

The report means that first time voting members of the Hispanic population could have a powerful impact on the results of the upcoming 2024 presidential election, according to the report that analyzed the voting in the midterm elections last November.

That report also indicated that the participation of Latinos between 18 and 34 years of age increased significantly in the aforementioned states.

According to the figures from the last census in the country, the number of Latinos rose to 62.1 million in 2020, which means an increase of 23% in just a decade.

The population increase has impacted the number of first time voters, leading both major political parties to redirect their campaign resources in hopes of messaging Hispanics.

The report also indicates that currently nonpartisan and unaffiliated Latinos are close to becoming one of the largest "undecided groups" in the country, compared to the 1960 and 1976 elections, when Democrats John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter obtained 90% and 82% of the vote among Hispanics, respectively.

The voting patterns of Latinos is now more unpredictable, polling numbers have shown.

The 2024 presidential election will likely see record Latino voter turnout, according to L2Data Executive Vice President Paul Westcott.