Turnout Push Includes Undocumented
Hispanics in Nevada are so eager in their get-out-the vote campaign, that they are urging undocumented immigrants to become involved in their effort.
Fernando Romero, president of the Las Vegas-based Hispanics in Politics, said Tuesday that the Hispanic vote is so critical, that they are asking undocumented immigrants to push their relatives who are naturalized citizens and can vote to hit the polls.
“We are out there canvassing. We are going through voter rolls and looking to see who hasn’t voted and we are knocking on their doors,” Romero said.
Romero said Hispanics are hitting the airwaves, speaking on radio and television stations, knocking on doors and canvassing neighborhoods to urge Latinos to go to the polls.
The country’s eyes are on Nevada today, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a tough battle against Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle. Polls show the race is too close to call.
On the hip hop radio station Hot 97.5 KVEG in Las Vegas Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged Nevadans to give Reid a fifth term – and urged Latino voters to turn out in droves, stressing that the future of immigration reform rests in their hands.
"The Latino vote is crucial and obviously when you look at some of the stuff that has been going on during this election campaign that has tried to fan anti-immigrant sentiment, I know that a lot of Latinos, you know, feel under assault," he said.
Meanwhile, in a brief press conference after casting her ballot in Reno, Angle said she was “cautiously optimistic” about winning.
“It’s always gratifying to know so many people support you. And I’m just grateful,” Angle said.
She said her first order of business, if elected, would be to tackle health care and taxes.
"Well I think it's the first act of business that the people of America and the people of Nevada want, and that is: Repeal Obamacare and to make the tax cuts permanent. And that should happen even before we're sworn in," Angle said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.