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The Hispanic Century

Hispanic voters are poised to change American politics—and neither party has sealed the deal

May 4, 2011, 12:00 am

By the Numbers: Hispanic Voters in New Mexico

Number of states, including New Mexico, with a majority-minority population: 5

Percentage of New Mexicans who identified as Hispanic in the 2010 US Census: 46.3

Percentage of Santa Fe County residents who are Hispanic, according to 2009 Census estimates: 45.6

Percent increase in New Mexico’s Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010, according to the Census Bureau: 24.6

Number of eligible Hispanic voters in New Mexico: 525,000

Percentage of Hispanic residents and white residents, respectively, who are eligible to vote in New Mexico: 59, 81

Number of states in which more than 59 percent of Hispanic residents are eligible to vote: 0

New Mexico Congressional district with the highest percentage of Hispanic eligible voters in 2008: 2 (southern New Mexico)

New Mexico Congressional district with the highest percentage of Republican voters: 2

Percentage respectively of Hispanic registered voters and all registered voters who said they’d given the national election “quite a lot of thought” in October 2010: 32, 50

Percentage respectively of Hispanic voters registered as Republicans and Democrats who said the same: 44, 28

Sources: US Census Bureau, Pew Hispanic Center, New Mexico Secretary of State

A longer account of this study, including an extensive discussion of the data obtained and methodology used, is available at the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society website at

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