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Immigration Insider | 2 Weeks Out: Interest In Voting Up, Ads Tell Nevada Latinos “Don’t Vote”

by Frank Sharry on 10/19/2010 at 5:32pm

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Immigration Insider | Election 2010

Among Latinos, interest in voting shoots up 10% in one month. A conservative group tries to suppress the growing Latino vote in Nevada, but Univision is refusing to run their ads. Joe Miller hearts East Germany’s approach to border security. Even after stock photo snafu, Angle finds new ways to trip up with Nevada’s Latino (Asian?) voters.

Welcome to Immigration Insider | 2 Weeks to Election 2010

Latino voter interest is up… If that Pew Hispanic poll from August is still driving your analysis of the Latino vote, you might want to get up to speed: Latino Decisions’ latest tracking poll, released yesterday, shows that the number of Latino registered voters who say they are “almost certain” to show up at the polls is now 75.1%–a full 10% higher than it was four weeks ago, according to previous Latino Decisions research.

…and $5.4 million is going toward making sure it keeps climbing. Last week, a number of national and local organizations highlighted their efforts to turn out the immigrant and Latino vote.  Democracia USA, the Campaign for Community Change, the We Are America Alliance and Mi Familia Vota, among others, combined forces to announce a $5.4 million nationwide effort.  They are targeting over a million Latino, Asian and immigrant voters in twenty-three states. As Rudy Lopez of the Campaign for Community Change said, “Latinos and immigrants represent the fastest growing segment of the voting population. In 2006 and 2008, there were record turnouts amongst these populations.  We have no reason to believe we won’t beat expectations again this year.”  One in ten registered voters is a “New American,” according to an Immigration Policy Center report released last week.

GOTV efforts targeting Latinos in key states: http://bit.ly/aEdTM4

Republicans attempt some old-fashioned voter suppression in Nevada, telling Latinos to stay home.  A third-party organization with ties to the Republican National Committee is running a new Spanish-language ad in Nevada that tells Latino voters to just stay home. The group, so-called “Latinos for Reform,” is an Alexandria, VA-based organization with a direct tie to Republican politics.  The head of the organization is Robert Deposada, a former Republican National Committee (RNC) director of Hispanic affairs. Latino voters comprise 12% of the Nevada electorate, and a large turnout could prove to be fatal for GOP candidates who have alienated this key constituency.

BREAKING: Univision is now refusing to air the ads: http://bit.ly/9zhuzQ

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