Thursday, November 1, 2012
Republicans are working hard to court Latinos in Nevada, one of the most critical states in the upcoming presidential election.
LAS VEGAS Republicans are working hard to court Latinos in Nevada, one of the most critical states in the upcoming presidential election. Currently, President Barack Obama holds a lead in the state.
Volunteers with the Las Vegas branch of The Libre Initiative, a national conservative group, are leaving flyers in Latino-heavy neighborhoods and canvassing those voters to convince them of the conservative message.
"It’s all just pushing our message of smaller government, tax reform, economic freedom, elevating the Hispanic community out of poverty, making sure there’s an opportunity in the United States again for prosperity, " said Eric Garza, who usually works for The Libre Initiative at the organization's headquarters in South Texas.
The same day, the Romney campaign flew in Raúl Labrador, a Latino Mormon Congressman from Idaho who went to high school in Las Vegas. But at an event earlier this week, few Latinos turned out.
Democrats have a big head start in mobilizing this electorate. So far, they have a lead of about 35,000 votes over the GOP statewide.