Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta's farmworkers union endorses Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton received Wednesday night the endorsement from United Farm Workers, the country’s largest farmworkers union.

Arturo S. Rodriguez, the president's union, said his group spent a year discussing the presidential race and recently interviewed Clinton for an hour on her positions.

He said in a statement that the former Secretary of States is the “most respectful leader our country needs now.”

"Hillary Clinton has the strong resolve needed to make change happen," Rodriguez said. "And she is the best equipped to defeat the nativist, hateful forces of the current Republican front-runner."

The United Farm Workers, which was founded in 1962 by activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, is active in 10 states and has a largely Latino membership. In the 2008 primary, Clinton received their endorsement over then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

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The Latino vote has been split between Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders in recent primary contests. Her team sees galvanizing Latino support as a key part of their strategy to defeat GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

The United Farm Workers works to increase wages and improve working conditions for members.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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