Posted 6:59 AM 10/30/2012 : Latinos rank the big issues in Election 2012
TUCSON- We've watched the debates, seen all the political ads, now Election 2012 is down to the wire.
Just seven days left and there is one group of voters creating a lot of buzz.
Latinos are expected to head to the polls in record numbers Tuesday, according to the latest data. "I think Latino voters in Arizona especially can have an undeniably big impact at the polls," says Lea Marquez-Patterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
More than 12-million Latinos are expected to vote this year, which is up 26% from 2008. "By 2030 we know Pima County will be majority Latino, which means issues important to the Hispanic population are going to be at the forefront of a lot of candidates running for office," Marquez-Peterson says.
A recent survey from "Latino Decisions" asked Latino voters to rank the big issues. In third place, education.
In second place, the economy. "The impact of SB1070 here in our state has been negative from a PR perspective," Marquez-Peterson says. "We had the boycott proposed."
Topping the list is immigration reform. "I have a lot of family members who aren't legal here and it's a stressful issue for them and the entire family," says Tucson Voter Danny Perez.
Whatever the issue, there is not much time to sway voters. According to the survey, most have already made up their minds.
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