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Democrats and Republicans are courting Latinos on the economy in Nevada’s tight Senate race

Latino voters will make up 20% of the electorate this fall in Nevada, where Democrats and Republicans expect the growing constituency’s voice will sway a competitive race that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Polls show incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the Senate, slightly behind Republican Adam Laxalt. With early voting starting next month and campaigns hitting the final stretch, both sides are courting Latino voters with a closing message centered around the economy. 

Republicans say the state’s high inflation rate and rising economic anxiety gives the GOP its best chance to make inroads with working-class Latino voters and flip a crucial Senate seat. 

“The Latino vote is going to help us get the victory in November,” said Jesus Marquez, a special advisor to the Laxalt campaign. “If we get 35%, that would mean a victory…

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