By Cameron Joseph - 10/02/12 01:29 PM EDT
It's unclear how much this push has helped, however. While a six-week average of tracking polls released Monday showed Romney trailing Obama by 61 to 33 percent in the swing states, he'd actually lost ground to Obama nationally during those weeks, dropping from a 65-26 percent deficit six weeks ago to a 73-21 percent deficit this week. Romney's campaign told The Hill earlier this summer that its goal was to win 38 percent of Hispanic voters nationwide.
Latino voters are especially important in Florida, where large populations of Republican-leaning Cuban Americans as well as Democratic-leaning Puerto Ricans and Dominican-Americans reside. Other states where Latino voters could make the difference include Nevada and Colorado, where the mostly Mexican-American populations lean Democratic.