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Hispanic Voting Power Swells to Record for 2016, Pew Study Says

  • Millennial apathy threatens strong turnout in coveted bloc
  • Latino anger at Donald Trump could rouse `sleeping giant'
Voters cast ballots in New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

Voters cast ballots in New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

A record number of Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, yet the group’s high share of young voters could blunt its potential political clout.

A study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center estimated that a growing population of U.S.-born Latinos coming of age and immigrants becoming naturalized citizens will bring the number of eligible Hispanic voters to 27.3 million, a 40 percent increase since 2008 and the most ever. They will compose 12 percent of all U.S. voters on Nov. 8.