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Hispanic Americans vote for a stronger political voice

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>> Si se puede? Can they really? I'm Luciana Lopez with Reuters here in sunny Miami. I'm at a polling location, as you could see behind me voters are lined up, ready to cast their ballots. Now there is some early data suggesting that in fact, twice as many Latinos have turned out to cast their votes early in person this year.
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A professor who studies this, Daniel Smith, said that he seen roughly twice as many Latinos come out and he feels like this is, as he puts it, a visceral reaction to the campaign of Donald Trump. It's important to remember that the Latino population in Florida is not a monolith.
00:00:38
In fact, across the state it can vary pretty considerably. Here in the Miami Dade area, for example, we have a number of Cuban Americans who typically vote Republican. There is some suggestion that that's actually changing. That when second and third generation Cuban Americans who might be leaning more Democratic.
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I spoke with one woman yesterday in Hialeah who is Cuban American, she was born in the United States though. And her parents are voting Trump, she's voting Clinton, they have a moratorium on talking politics for the rest of the election. Now there is some suggestion that in fact we're seeing new voters come out, that comes from a number of reasons.
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For one thing, Hispanics in the United States tend to skew a little younger. So there have been nationwide almost four million Latinos who've turned 18 since the last election and who are now eligible to vote. But a number of Latino civic organizations have said that they've actually seen a bump in voter registration rates as well.
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Now if those new registrants do actually turn out to vote, we could see the Latino electorate grow even stronger the United States and consolidate some of the political muscle. Some of the potential that they've had for so long, but which has been unfulfilled by lower turnout rates than for, say, African American or white voters.
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So that's one of the big questions, can they do it in this election?