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Wednesday, October 15, 2014   

DENVER - Latinos now make up 21 percent of Coloradans, and experts forecast this voting bloc could have a significant impact on the November midterm election.

A survey released on Tuesday by the National Council of La Raza Action Fund and Latino Decisions finds 55 percent of Latino voters support incumbent Senator Mark Udall, and 14 percent support challenger Cory Gardner. The rest said they're undecided.

Matthew McClellan, executive director of the NCLR Action Fund, says the Latino community appears to be reacting to several years of policy action or on some issues, lack of action.

"The Latino community has seen a lot of inaction over the last couple years, and they're blaming the Republican party quite a bit more than the Democratic party, and I think that's probably what's hurting Gardner the most," he says.

A SurveyUSA poll also released this week gives Gardner a slight lead over Udall, at 45-to-43 percent.

Immigration, unemployment and the economy all ranked as almost equally important to Latinos in the NCLR survey. In 2012, the Hispanic electorate made up 14 percent of Colorado voters and is believed to have played a decisive roll in races across the state.

McClellan says just as interesting was who they polled. They used voter file records to identify people who had voted before, but didn't routinely vote in every election.

"Our goal was to figure out what messages and what issues really resonate with Latinos who don't turn out for every election, to try and figure out how to sort of narrow that turnout gap that happens," he says.

In the last midterm election, in 2010, McClellan says 67 percent of registered Latino voters cast ballots, compared to 91 percent who turned out for the 2012 presidential election.


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