-- by Ana Radelat, The Connecticut Mirror:
Across the nation there was a significant jump in Latino participation in the midterm election, and most likely in Connecticut, too.
Latinos have for years had the potential to become a powerful voting bloc. But their failure to turn up at the polls has historically hurt their political clout.
In this year’s midterms, however, they helped give Democrats key wins in Senate races in Nevada and Arizona. In Texas, turnout rose dramatically in heavily Latino precincts and was also high in Latino areas of California, Florida and New York. There will be 43 Latino representatives in the next Congress — a record number.