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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Latino groups to Obama: You owe Latinos the election, now pass immigration reform

Voters in a polling place in East Los Angeles on Tuesday (David McNew/Getty Images)

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket

In initially off-the-record comments to the Des Moines Register's editors in October, President Barack Obama said that if he won re-election, he would owe it to Latinos.

"Should I win a second term," Obama said, "a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community."

Exit polls show the president's prediction was on the mark.

The national exit poll estimated that about 10 percent of those who voted in the presidential election identified as Hispanic, marking Latinos' highest-ever share of the electorate. Latinos backed Obama over challenger Mitt Romney a resounding 71 to 27 percent.

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