Four Reasons Why Hispanics Matter in Iowa - PICTURES

Dec. 15, 2011, 12:20 p.m.

Thursday night’s de­bate in Iowa will be the last be­fore caucuses be­gin on Jan. 3, which means Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates will be aim­ing to­ward those early voters. Amid na­tion­wide con­cerns about jobs and the eco­nomy, though, im­mig­ra­tion has been a hall­mark is­sue in Iowa. In this gal­lery, we ex­plore how the state’s His­pan­ic pop­u­la­tion may im­pact the elec­tion.