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January 29, 2013

Why Nevada?

President Obama will give his much-anticipated immigration speech this afternoon in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

First Read: "So why is the president giving his speech in Las Vegas? There is no state that better epitomizes the power of the Latino vote in American politics than Nevada. In 2010, Harry Reid won 69% of Latinos in his race against Sharron Angle, according to the exit polls, saving his Senate seat from a GOP that was convinced was theirs for the taking. And two years later, Obama won 71% of that vote -- matching what he received nationwide. The three states that have moved the most dramatically in presidential contests since 2004 have been Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, and it's due primarily to the Latino vote in all three states. (New Mexico is not even remotely a purple state anymore.) In Nevada, in particular, Latinos make up 27% of the state's population and 19% of the voters in the 2012 election. Translation: The Latino influence in the state has even more room to grow."


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