It's that time of year--October--for a reprise of our annual 100 Most Influential story that creates buzz with our readers and in the marketplace. Our Most Influential cover story touches on a variety of developments affecting U.S. Hispanics, the country's fastest-growing consumer market.
Sen. Obama leads in the polls, but Sen. McCain may need only 35 percent of the Hispanic vote to gain the White House. Both sides say that winning the Hispanic vote is critical.
Although U.S. Hispanics are well represented in many state houses throughout the country, especially in California, Texas, and Florida, there is still underrepresentation in many national political categories. This year there are more than 36 Hispanics running for House seats, including 27 incumbents and only one Hispanic senatorial candidate. California leads the way with 13 candidates for the House and is followed closely by Texas with eight House candidates and Democratic senatorial candidate Rick Noriega.
Welcome to our list of the best and the brightest. They are changing the nation in all sectors, including business, politics, education, and entertainment. This year the focus is on Los Angeles as it moves to the center of U.S. Hispanic influence.