Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated against Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the race for U.S. Senate, NBC News reports. And helping her secure victory? The Latino voters who hit the polls on Tuesday, says University of Washington political scientist and Latino Decisions principal Matt Barreto.
“Latinos overwhelmingly supported Elizabeth Warren by a record margin— 86 percent — compared to 14 percent for Brown,” says Barreto. “The Latino vote is what decisively put Warren over the top.”
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the Hispanic population in Massachusetts is the 15th largest in the nation. Latinos are an estimated 6 to 7 percent of voters in the New England state, reports impreMedia-Latino Decisions.
Warren, a Harvard Law school professor, was appointed to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by President Obama in 2010.