From Steven Wall’s article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
Local Latino leaders are hoping to awaken the sleeping giant in advance of California’s presidential primary on Feb. 5.”We believe the Latino vote can be the swing vote for the 2008 presidential election,” said Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights, a Riverside-based coalition of Latino activists.
The group launched a grass-roots effort on Thursday afternoon aimed at mobilizing Latinos to cast ballots.
While not endorsing a presidential candidate before the primary, Navarro said the group will encourage Latinos to vote for a candidate from the Democratic Party.
“The Latino vote could be an opportunity for Obama to overtake Clinton,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. “If he can switch enough Latinos to his side, that could be very helpful.”