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“New Americans” May Decide Key Electoral Races Across the Country

A new report published by the Immigration Policy Center finds that "New Americans" – defined as naturalized citizens and the U.S.-born children of immigrants – are now "the fastest growing demographic group in the American electorate."

The report prepared by Rob Paral and Associates for the Immigration Policy Center found that:
  • New Americans Were Nearly 9% of All Registered Voters in 2006
  • New Americans Registered Voters Jumped Nearly 60% between 1996 and 2004
  • New Americans Share of Registered Voters Exceeded the 2004 Victory Margins in 16 States Including Battlegrounds: Nevada, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
2008 is expected to be a banner year for New American voters due to record-breaking naturalization rates of up to three million new citizens; turbo-charged registration efforts by groups like the We Are America Alliance and “Ya es Hora, Ve y Vota;” and aggressive GOTV efforts in ethnic communities which will likely result in Latino turnout hitting record highs in 2008—surpassing the 7.6 million Latino voters who turned out in 2004.
For the full report, click here.

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