In a nod to the importance of the Latino vote in Nevada, the popular Mexican pop band Maná will perform at an Obama rally on Sunday according to an announcement sent out by the Obama campaign on Wednesday.
Latinos are about 21-22 percent of “age eligible voters” in Nevada. This is an increase from the 15 percent of the state’s electorate that Hispanics constituted in 2010. Four years ago, Obama won Nevada by 12 percentage points in large part due to the support of Latino voters. And in 2010, Senator Harry Reid held onto his seat because he won over 90% of the Latino vote, beating out challenger Sharron Angle, who ran a largely anti-immigrant campaign.
According to left leaning Public Policy Polling, President Obama now has a nine point lead in Nevada over Mitt Romney, 52 percent to 43 percent. But a Republican pollster has the candidates polling more closely together in Nevada with President Obama only having a one point lead over Romney, 47 percent to 46 percent.
Maná has been in Nevada this month for Mexican Independence festivities, but this will be the first time the band is playing at an event for President Obama’s re-election. The band has won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards. This isn’t the first time that Maná has ventured into the political space. In recent years, the group has advocated the Puerto Rican Independence movement and has been involved in international efforts to battle hunger in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.