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Candidates Court Hispanic Voters

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LAS VEGAS -- We are seven months away from the general election, but politicians are not taking anything for granted when it comes to seeking the Latino vote. Hispanics in Politics is meeting a twice a month until the election for a breakfast, with political guests.

Historically, Latinos vote for Democrats. But more GOP contenders are showing up at these events for their votes.

When the GOP caucuses were held here a few weeks ago, Ron Paul was the only one of the four to reach out to the largest and oldest Hispanics in Politics. That's changing when it comes to GOP state and federal candidates.

Congressman Joe Heck was Wednesday's guest speaker at a breakfast with key Hispanic leaders of Las Vegas. Many of them represent different groups, from the Latin Chamber of Commerce to civic organizations that are working get more Hispanics registered to vote.

Artie Blanco is with Mi Familia Votas, and gives credit to the GOP candidates for realizing the significance of the Latino vote.

"We are not asking for a separate platform, what we are asking for is come and have a real conversation with us as voters, and don't ignore," said Blanco.

Congressman Heck was asked about immigration and the DREAM Act, something he says he'd have to look into further before supporting.

According to the Pew Center for Hispanics, every month, 18,000 Hispanics become eligible to vote.

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