Swinging the Senate Blue May Hinge on Latino Voters

by EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO – Veteran organizers say Democrats need more than Spanish-language TV ads to mobilize them When Harry Reid won the final race of his career in 2010, he knew whom to thank. “I would not be the majority leader in the United States Senate today, but for the Hispanics in Nevada,” Reid declared after he prevailed against Sharron Angle’s xenophobic bid with 94 percent of the Latino vote. That contest remains one of the best examples of why Democrats should never take Latino voters for granted. While Democrats have already won the allegiance of most of the eligible Latinos who do vote, they may pay a price in November if they fail to make the most of that advantage by boosting Hispanic turnout. The victory Latino voters handed Reid in 2010 was one of his party’s few triumphs in bruising midterm elections. That was the year the...

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