America's New Decisionmakers

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Nosotros Vamos a decidir. We will decide. That has been the presidential-election mantra of Latinos all across the U.S. And it's hard to argue with the premise. The numbers alone tell an amazing story. Nearly 10% of all voters in 2012 will be Hispanic, up 26% from four years ago. One of four newborns in America is Latino, and those births now account for more than half of U.S. population growth. Hispanics make up 16% of the population today and will account for close to a third of all Americans in 2050.

One reason Latino voters will decide is that neither...

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