Next Tuesday is election day and the nation is watching the Latino community to see what our impact will be. Here is a round up of the important races and issues that affect our community.
Senate candidate Marco Rubio is ahead of Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent Charlie Crist in the race for congressional office. Rubio has been making waves as the Tea Party's Latino darling and it looks like he just might run away with the seat because Democrats are split between Crist and Meek.
The gubernatorial race in California is neck and neck, with former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman running against Democrat Jerry Brown. This race is important for Latinos since California has such a huge Hispanic population. Whitman has been plagued by scandals over the last few weeks, with an undocumented former maid claiming she was psychologically and emotionally abused by the gubernatorial candidate.
Republican Susana Martinez is currently running ahead of her Democratic opponent, Diane Denish, in the New Mexico gubernatorial race and could become the country's first Latina governor.
Gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval is leading Democrat Rory Reid in Nevada, but everyone is watching and waiting to see what's going to happen to the other Reid running for office. Senator majority leader Harry Reid is running a very tight race against Republican Sharron Angle, who has been accused of running racist campaign ads.
Latinos have repeatedly named education, immigration and the economy as top priorities when it comes to politics. Although Republicans have a good chance of winning additional gubernatorial positions, outgoing New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, says it may not make a difference when it comes to the party winning over the Latino vote. "It will be a big victory symbolically, especially if the Democrats don't have any [Latino governors], and with me gone I don't think there is one," said Richardson, the nation's most prominent Hispanic officeholder. "However, it will not translate into votes nationally because of the very, very hard-line position these candidates have taken on immigration."