Does Hispanic Growth Equal Influence?

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Hispanics in the United States
rose by 1.4 million over a year's time to 45.5 million as of last
The Brookings Institution analysis of new census data shows
continuing rapid growth in the Hispanic population that could
increase their influence.
This election year has focused more attention on how much it is
increasing. Nine of the top 10 states with the highest growth rates
in their populations were in the South. South Carolina topped the
list with an 8.7 percent increase, gaining 13,569 Hispanics. The
state's total Hispanic population was 168,920 last July 1, a 76
percent increase from July 2000.
For the second consecutive year, Texas accounted for more of the
gains in the numbers of Hispanics than California. Frey's analysis
shows the Texas share was about 21.2 percent of the additional
Hispanics in 2007, while California's share was 18.5. But
California still leads in total number of Hispanics with 13.2
million, compared to Texas' 8.6 million.
With those increases boosting Hispanics to 15.1 percent of the
U.S. population, voting booths are being watched closely this year
for Hispanic turnout.

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