Latino House candidates set to make history

Posted at: 10/26/2012 4:58 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Congress is set to see what could be the largest number of Latinos elected to the House of Representatives.

The bipartisan group, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, says a total of 49 Latino candidates are seeking House seats this year.

The group says at least 27 are likely to win on Nov. 6, including 22 incumbents or Latinos who would replace other Latinos.

If they prevail in four additional, competitive races, the total could rise to as many as 31.

That would be the largest class of Latinos ever seen in Congress and the biggest increase in seats held by Latinos in a single election.

The incoming class would be part of a new generation of middle-class, college-educated Hispanic candidates.

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