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This composite image shows Barack Obama (L) and Mitt Romney. The Nov. 6, 2012 elections will decide who between Obama and Romney who will win to become the next president of the United States.

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Can the growing California Latino voting population swing House races?

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Former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez is running for Congress as a Democrat in a Central Valley district with a growing Latino population.

Could the record number of eligible Latino voters tip the November election in some California Congressional races? Maybe.

Earlier this week, the Pew Hispanic Center reported that the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote has jumped 22 percent from 2008. That's got the attention of candidates at all levels.

Amid ads for the two Presidential candidates, you might stumble onto one for a Congressional race, funded by the Democratic House Majority PAC. In one instance, an ad depicts a star-filled sky above a farm field. The voiceover in Spanish says: "A boy from the valley saw the stars. He saw men go to the moon and dreamed. Jose Hernandez lived his dream."

Former astronaut Hernandez is trying to unseat freshman Republican Congressman Jeff Denham in the Central Valley. The district is split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans, though pollsters say it leans Republican. The district has a growing number of Latino residents — 40 percent of the population vs 46 percent Anglo. 

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Heeeere’s Jerry! Proposition 30 launches statewide TV campaign (video)

The Yes on 30 campaign has launched five TV commercials, two of which feature the proposition's main proponent, Gov. Jerry Brown

Television ads for the Governor’s tax initiative hit the airwaves Wednesday. Five different ads feature — in turn —  teachers, the state controller and Governor Jerry Brown.

Voter support for Proposition 30 — the governor’s plan to raise sales and income tax to prevent cuts to schools — fell to 54 percent in a USC/Los Angeles Times poll last week. That had some political observers wondering why Brown's people were waiting to launch an advertising campaign.

(You can watch the ads below or on YouTube.)

The first presidential debate maybe?

Prop 30 spokesman Dan Newman confirms the debate had something to do with the decision to launch Wednesday. But, he says, so did the fact that Californians begin voting by mail next week. "So now's the time to start," Newman said. (The Secretary of State’s records for the last presidential election show that 41 percent of Californians who voted did so by mail.) 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who do iPhone users vote for? Android users?

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An Android and an iPhone side-by-side.

According to a recent study by Localytics, 70 percent of the most active iPhone states vote Democrat, while 70 percent of the most active Android phone states vote Republican.

California, one of the so-called blue states voting Democratic on a regular basis, is also an iPhone state. However, fellow west coasters in Oregon and Washington are predominantly Android dominated.

How about the swing states? In a good sign for those looking for Mitt Romney support, 7 out of 9 swing states are Android states, including crucial swing states like Florida and Ohio.

Check out more of the data that could make 2012 the mobile election in this infographic from the Engine Yard cloud computing company:


Courtesy of: Engine Yard

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