Published: May 08, 2013 5:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Hispanics in Florida voted at a much higher rate than those nationwide during last year's presidential election. They also voted at a rate that far exceeded other states with large Latino populations.
New figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census show that the turnout for Hispanic citizens in Florida was 62.2 percent. That is much higher than the nationwide rate for Hispanics, which was 48 percent.
Florida's Hispanic turnout figure also surpassed that of Texas, which had a 38.8 percent rate, and that of California, which had a 48.5 percent rate.
The Census says almost 1.4 million Hispanics cast their votes in Florida. Nationwide, more than 11 million Hispanics voted in the presidential election.

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