A new radio ad for Andrew Roraback features the 5th Congressional District candidate speaking Spanish, in an apparent attempt to attract the growing number of Latino voters in Connecticut.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said recently that 9 percent of all registered voters in the state are of Hispanic derivation.  She also said “the first eight months of 2012 saw more than 7,500 new Hispanic voters register in Connecticut.”

The vast majority of Spanish-speaking voters in Connecticut are Democrats: Of the 176,000 registered Latino voters in the state, 90,012 are registered as Democrats, 71,488 are registered as unaffiliated voters, and 14,449 are registered Republicans, Merrill said.

While the communities with the two largest populations of Hispanic voters are not in the district Roraback seeks to represent — Bridgeport and Hartford have the highest populations — there are significant Spanish-speaking populations in Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden and Danbury.