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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One week after California Republicans gathered in Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention, California Democrats arriving here over the weekend composed a strikingly more diverse group.

About 28 percent of the Democratic delegation is Latino, according to a party official, compared to 7 percent of Republican delegates who identified themselves that way.

The rapidly expanding Latino share of the electorate provides the Democratic Party a substantial advantage in California. The Republican Party still struggles to attract those voters.

About 20 percent of the Democratic Party's delegates are African American, according to the party, compared to 3 percent of the Republican Party's delegation.

More than one in 10 Democratic delegates self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the party said.


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