The Spanish were here long before any other Europeans, founding St. Augustine, Florida, more than 50 years before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock, and their political influence is still felt strongly across America today.
Democrats might claim they own the Latino vote, but America is filled with influential Latinos who also happen to be conservative Republicans. Two even happen to be the leading Republican presidential candidates.
In 2004, George W. Bush scored an estimated 44 percent of the Latino vote, helping him edge out John Kerry. That number dropped to 23 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012.
With more than 13 million Latino votes up for grabs in November — and huge representations concentrated in states like Texas and Florida — many GOP strategists have said that the key to a Republican victory is the Latino vote.
Here, Newsmax has gathered a list of the top 50 most influential Latino Republicans. From state governors, representatives, and mayors, to businessmen and women, pundits, and commentators, this collection of people truly demonstrates what rich flavor Latino Republicans add to our country's political scene.
For Top 50 list, click here.