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The immigrant vote could determine Georgia's governor

If you're wondering who is going to become the next governor of Georgia in November, you may be interested to know that a deciding factor could be the way immigrants vote. The race is close so far, slightly favoring Republican Brian Kemp over Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.

Why are immigrants, in particular, such an important group? One reason is that their numbers have been swelling in Georgia. When looking at Latino immigrants, studies show that the community in Georgia has increased at a faster rate than it has anywhere else in the United States.

For instance, the Pew Research Center claimed that there were around 1 million Latino immigrants in the state in 2015. Back in 2004, only 34,000 of them voted. By 2016, that number had increased all the way to 127,000.

Politicians know that they need to get this group to vote their way to better their chances of winning. And, if the population trends continue, that could only get more important with each election.

Immigrants do not always favor one side as much as some would assume. One election saw them vote slightly more for Democratic candidates, at just 53 percent, but experts point out that they often turn to independent parties. On top of that, many of them come from a religious background, growing up with the Catholic church, and that tends to connect them more with the Republican party.

However they vote, this information shows the impact that immigrants are having on America's legal system -- which in turn helps to define immigration laws moving forward. It is important for those moving to Georgia to know all of their rights and to understand how different elections can impact their legal options in the state.

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