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Florida’s Hispanic population makes up eight-percent of total people living in the United States, making it the third largest in the nation. That’s one of the reasons both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are making trips to Florida almost every week to capture the state’s large Hispanic population. Political experts say a big component to winning the overall election this year will be grabbing the Latino vote, especially in key battleground states, like Florida.

It’s been two weeks of back-to-back Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and one demographic both parties hope to court during the presidential election is minority voters. But, while the Democrats have more of a diverse base, Republicans, who are mostly white, are seeing a lack of diversity in their party ranks.

A crucial part of President Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 was support he got from the 80-percent of minority voters. And, now four years later, the President needs at least that much to win in 2012.

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Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there have been renewed talks about the lack of diversity, particularly among African Americans in the GOP. Leading Republicans have said the party needs to do a better job of spreading their message, but Florida’s Lieutenant Governor is said it’s up to minorities to be more receptive.