November 5th, 2012
12:39 PM ET

5 things to watch in the Latino vote

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By Gustavo Valdes, CNN en Espanol

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - t is already a historic political year for Latinos, who are expected to have a big impact on the election in key states.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made extraordinary efforts to court the Latino vote, which included their participation at a forum organized by a Spanish-speaking television network that allowed the two to speak directly to the fastest-growing voting bloc.

Even as polls show Latinos care about the same issues as the rest of the nation and say the economy, jobs, education and health care are their top concerns, immigration has been the topic that grabs headlines and one the candidates have focused on to reach Hispanics.

Obama tried to redeem himself for failing to deliver on his 2008 promise to enact comprehensive immigration reform within a year of his election by granting administrative relief to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the United States illegally. Romney tried to look tough on immigration during the primary season but since has said he would not suspend the relief action and would work on an immigration reform, if elected.

Here are five things about the Latino vote to watch on Election Day:

1. Voter turnout

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  1. Puri

    New Mexico is definitely blue now. It is the first state in the sohsuwett to go all the way blue. Nevada will probably be next, followed by Colorado. Arizona will probably be purple in a few years. In fact, I'm calling it now: Obama will win Arizona in 2012.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. guatapuri100

    A black guy walked me to my kinder garden class, the first day of school. The same guy walked with me to watch the first soccer game of my life. The same guy brought me the lyrics of the sounds I like. My father was busy making money and chasing women. Casting the vote for Obama was like a paying a moral debt.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. guatapuri100

    Navarrete is Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a successful writer and works for CNN. Because he has a good income, he became a Republican. All the CNN reporters an the rest of the well known networks were pro Romney. They thought they could influence the latino vote in this country. It is true. Obama is not going to do anything for them but Romney was worst.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |