Getting A Grip on Power

Nowhere is the growing clout of Hispanics more evident than in the battles over redrawing local-, state- and congressional-election maps based on the 1990 Census. Armed with small computers, Latino activists are trying to translate their swelling numbers into political power by creating districts in which Hispanic voters are the majority.

Hispanic leaders say they hope to double their seats in Congress, from 10 to 19, and add scores of Latinos to legislatures and city councils. California, Texas and Florida, where Latino population gains have been largest over the past decade, hold the most potential for Hispanic political gains. Says Andy...

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