SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State demographers estimate that whites and Latinos are now an equal share of California’s population, with Latinos poised to become a plurality by the end of the year.

Latino leaders planned a modest rally Monday at the state Capitol to mark the milestone, which researchers at the state Department of Finance earlier had projected would be achieved mid-year.

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State Department of Finance demographer Bill Schooling says “the numbers are very, very close.” Officials do not plan to estimate the exact day when Latinos begin overtaking whites.

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Whites and Latinos each comprise about 39 percent of California’s population after a long-running demographic shift that already has altered politics, the economy and culture.

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California would become the second state, behind New Mexico, in which Latinos are the largest ethnic group.