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WASHINGTON – President Obama is positioned to take advantage of the dramatic population growth of Hispanics, a demographic who typically votes Democrat, says Deputy Director Carlos Odio for the Latino Vote Program.

Currently, 50.5 million Hispanics live in the United States; 15.2 million more people than in 2000. Odio says that this large increase can serve as a “huge weapon” for the party that positions themselves right.

“When you talk about Democratic secret weapon — it isn’t so much a secret because everyone sees it coming — but this is the year it could come,” said Carlos Odio, Deputy Director for the Latino Vote Program during Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. “No one ever expects the flood to happen, but there is so much room for growth. If Democrats and progressives really played this, it could be a huge weapon. The census reinforces that.”



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