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The Power of Black and Latino Voters

In the middle of the 2016 presidential primary races, candidates are dropping out, and the scramble for additional supporters have begun.

With two candidates of Latino descent as major front-runners of the GOP, a new conversation around the ethnic diversity of Latinos has hit mainstream American politics. Although the economy and jobs are the most important issues to Latino voters, the offensive comments around immigration has placed them in a unique position in the GOP.

One out of three African-Americans describes themselves as religiously conservative, but despite GOP outreach and evangelical moral alignment, politics around race override their religious convictions. Also, African-American millennials have forced the Clinton and Sanders campaigns to overtly address race as an institution.

For more insight on the power of the Black and Latino vote this election season, Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University gives a closer look.