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Latinos Vote, Caucus in 6 States, Clinton and Sanders Vie for Support

More than 8 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the five states that hold primaries and one that holds a caucus on Tuesday.
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California and five other states are holding primaries or caucuses Tuesday with some 8.4 million Latinos in those states eligible to vote. About 82 percent of the eligible voters are from California.

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been vigorously campaigning for Latino votes and encouraging their supporters to come out strong on Tuesday, especially in California. The candidates reiterated that message despite the news Monday night that Clinton had reached the magic number she needs to be the presumptive nominee.

Apart from California, Hispanics in the following states will be going to the polls: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Democrats in North Dakota will caucus.

Here are snapshots of the state’s Latino populations and electorate based on information from Pew Research Center:


The state ranks first in the nation in numbers of Latinos, about 15 million, as well as first in the number of statewide eligible voters who are Latino, 6.9 million. Eligible Hispanic voters are 28 percent of all voters statewide and 46 percent of all Latinos in the state.

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A greater share of eligible California voters —24 percent — are between the ages 18 to 29 compared to nationally, which is 22 percent. California’s Latino eligible voters are more likely to be of Mexican origin, 82 percent. Voter registration among Latinos is up in the state.


Latino voters in New Jersey are predominantly Puerto Rican, 40 percent, although they are not the majority. The next largest group is described as “other,” meaning other than Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican or Mexican. About 831,000, or 48 percent, of Latinos in New Jersey are eligible to vote and they are 14 percent of the overall eligible electorate. Latino voters are almost evenly split when it comes to education. About 51 percent have a high school degree or less and 49 percent have some college or a bachelor’s degree.

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Almost half of the state's population share — 48 percent — is Latino, the largest of any other state. There are about 994,000 Latinos in a state of about 2.08 million people. Sixty percent of the state's Latinos are eligible to vote. Almost two-thirds of New Mexico's Hispanics are of Mexican descent. Almost half earn less than $50,000 a year and more than half are 44 years or younger.

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Latinos are 2.4 percent of Montana’s eligible voter population. A majority, 55 percent or 19,000, of Montana’s Latinos are eligible to vote.


The 15,000 Latinos eligible to go to the polls are about 2.4 percent of all eligible voters in South Dakota. About 52 percent of the state’s Latino population is eligible to vote.


North Dakota’s Latino eligible voter population is the smallest of all 50 mainland states at 11,000. They are 2 percent of the eligible voters in the state. Of all the Latinos in the state, 54 percent are eligible to vote.

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