CHICAGO,IL – AUGUST 21: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney shakes hands with his former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on August 21, 2014 in Chicago. The duo was on hand to publicize Ryan’s new book, “The Way Forward.” (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
Who knew that my photo of Congressman Jesse Jackson from April 4 would continue to get published over and over again. It was probably one of the last times the Chicago Democrat was seen in public before disappearing from the public eye in June.
Four years ago I photographed election night from a scissor lift on the President’s left, and this year was more of the same. However last time we seemed so far removed from the crowd, that I was in disbelief until the next day. Being there last night made me think of the last four years and it made me imagine what the next four years will bring.
A recent Pew Hispanic Center report on trends in Latino voter participation counts a record 24 million Latinos as eligible to vote in NovemberÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s presidential election (11 percent of all potential voters). It also finds that Latinos are particularly important in several battleground states. Their rising numbers and geographic concentration suggest that if and how Latinos vote on November 6 could determine the race.