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Hispanics looking for November gains in US House

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WASHINGTON DC (AP) -

The 2012 election is shaping up as a big one in Congress for Hispanics.

There are currently 29 Hispanic members of the House -- including a delegate and a resident commissioner. That number is virtually guaranteed to increase by three or four because of once-a-decade redistricting that's created new Hispanic majority districts in California and Texas. On top that, Hispanics could win additional seats in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing group in the United States, increasing in population by more than 15 million from 2000 to 2010.

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