Unions flex muscle in Nevada’s high-stakes Senate race

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Organized labor groups that are inflamed by Donald Trump’s candidacy and also want to turn the whole ticket blue are in the thick of an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign in Nevada.

The efforts of groups like the heavily immigrant Culinary Union that represents hospitality workers have helped Democrats build an 8 percentage point absentee and in-person turnout lead over Republicans in the first six days of early voting.

That could spell trouble for down-ticket Republicans in tight races, such as Senate hopeful Rep. Joe Heck, although Republicans point to their tendency to hold their votes until Election Day and insist Democrats haven’t pulled out too far ahead.

The Culinary Union has knocked on more than 200,000 doors this cycle and buses casino workers to early voting sites during their lunch breaks.
 

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