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Latinos, Minorities Becoming New Majority

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Supporters of President Barack Obama celebrate when they learn their favored candidate has won the election. Supporters of President Barack Obama celebrate when they learn their favored candidate has won the election.

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama enjoyed a victory in Nevada where a record number of minority voters turned out to the polls.

Eighteen percent were Latino voters, the largest the state has ever seen.

Across the country -- and for the first time -- the Latino vote reached double digits, coming in at 10 percent. Mix that with Asian and African-American voters, and it proved to be a winning group of voters needed in crucial states, such as Ohio, Colorado and Nevada.

Cheers and chants filled a ballroom at the Mandalay Bay once the presidential race was decided in favor of Obama.

"This election on a national level proved that a candidate for president can no longer win the presidency by relying on the majority of the Anglo vote in the United States," said Andres Ramirez, of the consulting firm, the Ramirez Group, which focuses on Latinos.

Ramirez said the election proved minorities as a whole are becoming the new majority.

"The Asian-American community today is where Latinos were 10 years ago," he said. "You will be seeing their numbers increase steadily and grow and begin to influence elections as every cycle happens."

The state's largest and oldest Hispanic-based political group said the days of any party strictly depending on the white vote are over.

"With all the negative rhetoric that had been coming before, we had to unite in that effort and the brown evangelical vote did just that," said Fernando Romero of Hispanics in Politics.

Among the key concerns for minority voters is immigration reform.

Astrid Silva, a so-called dreamer, said she is hoping the Dream Act will now pass and give students like her who are in the United States illegally a pathway to citizenship. She said the Republican Party needs to become more supportive and open to reaching out to Latinos everywhere.

"The first thing they need to do is understand the issues behind (the Dream Act)," she said. "I know it's very simple to attack somebody because of where they are from or the way they got here."

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