November 2nd, 2010
07:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Mobilizing the Latino vote

New York (CNN) - An election eve poll of likely Latino voters in eight key states shows that immigration and the anti-immigration campaign played a major role in mobilizing Latinos to vote.

The poll was conducted by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. Latinos said the immigration issue was what was driving them to vote tonight. They said the number one issue affecting them was the economy and jobs, with immigration issues a close second.

Latinos also reported that they are voting to "give voice" to their community first, more than to support a Democrat or Republican.

According to the survey, Latinos felt most strongly in Nevada and Arizona, two states that have seen heated immigration debates. In Arizona, 40 percent reported that immigration was their reason for voting, 38 percent said that in Nevada.

La Raza will be releasing data on individual races as the polls close.

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