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By the numbers: Latino voters

By Amy Roberts, CNN Library
updated 5:25 PM EDT, Mon June 4, 2012
Democratic Party workers try to register new voters at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day in September 2008.
Democratic Party workers try to register new voters at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day in September 2008.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 50.5 million -- Latinos in the United States (out of 308.7 million people)
  • 67 -- Percentage of Latino voters who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election
  • 31 -- Percentage who chose John McCain
  • 38.6 -- Percent of eligible voters in New Mexico who are Latino, the most of any state

(CNN) -- Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year's battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

By the numbers, here's a look at Latino voters:

50.5 million -- Latinos in the United States (out of 308.7 million people)

16 -- Percentage of the total U.S. population in 2010 that was Latino.

43 -- Percent increase since the 2000 census of the Latino population in the United States, according to the 2010 census.

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29 -- Projected percentage of the U.S. population that will be Latino in 2050.

131 million -- Total number of voters in the 2008 presidential election.

59.4 -- Percent of Latinos who were registered voters in 2008.

49.9 -- Percent who voted in the 2008 presidential election.

42.7 -- Percent of the Latino population that is eligible to vote.

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22.4 -- Percent of Latinos in the U.S. who are of voting age but who are not citizens.

63 -- Percent of the Latino population in the U.S. from Mexican origins.

82 -- Percent population growth of Latinos in Nevada from 2000 to 2010.

67 -- Percentage of Latino voters who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

31 -- Percentage who voted for John McCain.

68 -- Percent of registered Latino voters surveyed in 2011 who said they would support President Obama over Mitt Romney in a presidential match-up in 2012.

23 -- Percent who answered that they would support Mitt Romney.

38.6 -- Percent of eligible voters in New Mexico who are Latino, the most of any state.

3 -- Number of states tying for lowest number of eligible voters who are Latino, 0.7%: Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia. See racial and ethnic breakdown for all 50 states and D.C.

82 -- Counties with a Latino population majority, out of 3,143 total.

Sources for these statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Brookings Institution.

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