The Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election

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Latinos -- including these members of the Hispanic community listening to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, last month in Las Vegas -- are among the most coveted voting blocs this election season. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Hour 1

Will Latino voters decide the next U.S. president? Latinos are the largest minority in the United States at 16 percent and rising. While Arizona has a sizable Latino population, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum received less than 35 percent of their vote. Immigration has been a contentious issue this election season and as the campaign gears up for the general election, both parties will need the Latino vote. Our guest JOSE OYOLA, co-founder of Philadelphia’s Latino Lines, works to increase voter registration of Latinos in Pennsylvania. He is also focusing on new redistricting maps to reflect the numbers from the 2010 census and is a critic of a proposed voter ID bill. VICTORIA M. DEFRANCESCO SOTO, a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, will also join us to walk us through the national trends in Latino voting.

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