Orlando Sentinal quotes Democracia Ahora

Hispanics contributed to most of the Democrats’ electoral gain in the state last November, giving activists who were lobbying for positions of influence a strong argument that their community helped turn the election.

That Hispanic voter turnout paved the way for Sotomayor’s nomination, some say.

“If Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the state had not turned out in the manner that they did, there may not have been the political will to make history,” said Jorge Mursuli, president of Democracia Ahora, a national advocacy group linked to Latino voter-registration efforts in Florida.

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