Politic365.com recently caught up with Artie Blanco, the State Director for Mi Familia Vota an organization working to increase civic participation in the Latino community. As the battle for the GOP presidential nomination turns west with the Nevada caucuses this on Saturday, the Latino vote will again be a factor.
While Latinos in Nevada tend to favor the Democratic Party, there are Latino Republicans in the Silver State. Notably Governor Brian Sandoval was the first Hispanic elected to a statewide office in Nevada.
There has been substantial growth in the Latino population in Nevada in the past decade. In 2000, 19.7% of the population was Latino, and by 2010, that population had grown to 26.5%. Latinos make up about 15% of registered voters in Nevada. Worth mentioning is that most children in Nevada belong to racial minority groups, so the demographics are likely to continue shifting and to have implications for the electorate there in the future.
Listen to the interview with Artie Blanco here: