There was a huge contingent of Latinos at this year's RNC. They're the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. Both parties are courting their votes hard this year.
On the final night of the convention, it was time to light up the night and celebrate in true Latin style.
Local musicians Danny Lozada Y Su Latin Band got the crowd at the Latino Coalition gathering, on their feet and ready to let off some steam before Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.
"We've had a great time, and we want to thank everybody here who's hosting us and everybody's so nice, it's incredible," said Ana Guevara, who was in Tampa from Miami for the convention.
The Latino Coalition was a big component of this year's RNC crowd. They promote small business in the Latin community and create opportunities for them.
Alfonso Pino is a physician in Texas, who said we need to fix the economic situation for everyone, not just Latinos.
"I'm a big believer that the rising tide lifts all ships," said Pino. "The most important thing for Hispanics right now is not the immigration status, it's the economy and that's what we're talking about here at this convention."
Jobs are on this Guevara's mind.
"Governor Romney has a plan to add 12 million jobs in the next four years," said Guevara. "To have growth in the economy by four percent, so that we and families like myself can have more take-home pay."
Jovita Carranza, who's here from Chicago, said this election is not about a particular demographic.
"It's about what unifies us all," said Carranza.
Things like energy policies, healthcare and being a small business owner are important to her.
"You think about taxation, you think about health care costs, you think about employee retention," said Carranza.
Hector Barreto chairs the Latino Coalition. He was excited a high-profile Latino, Marco Rubio, introduced Mitt Romney.
"One of the narratives that has come out of this convention is that a lot of the Latino elected official talen,t for that matter a lot of African American talent, is really on the Republican side," said Barreto.
80's super group Journey warmed-up for a huge concert starting at midnight in the very same tent at Liberty Plaza, promising an energizing night once Romney's speech ended. The concert was set to begin at midnight.
"I think Tampa's done a great job. We've had a great time. It's a wonderful city," said Barreto. "And I'm really glad the way this convention came about."
"I'll tell you what: I'm really impressed with the city. I look forward to bringing my family back here one day," said Pino. "We're staying out at St. Pete Beach, and we're loving it out there, loving Tampa, enjoying the people and really excited to be here."
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