(THE HILL) — President Obama is on pace to set a record by winning 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, the largest margin of victory with Latinos in history.

Obama’s performance with Hispanic voters is an uptick from the 67 percent he won in 2008, according to early exit polls. Their support might have put him over the top in a number of key swing states including Nevada, Colorado and Virginia, and could help him win Florida, which has yet to be called.

Mitt Romney veered hard to the right on immigration during the GOP primaries, and while his campaign made a push for Hispanic voters during the general election, its efforts were dwarfed by a heavy courtship by Obama and Democratic groups.

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