Clinton, Sanders compete for Hispanic votes in Arizona
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With 75 delegates at stake, both candidates spent portions of the weekend and Monday courting the Hispanic vote, which accounts for 22 percent of eligible voters statewide, according to Pew Research. 


"The Latino vote is a winnable vote, but it's not a deliverable vote," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a surrogate for Sanders in Arizona. 

Erika Andiola, Sanders's Hispanic spokeswoman, said winning the vote is “really about the ground game.” 

Sanders, who trailed Clinton by nearly 30 points in a poll conducted last week, spent most of his weekend on the ground in the state, including a visit to the U.S.-Mexican border, where he talked about “the fear and sadness that grips so many" Hispanic immigrants. “We don’t need a wall," he declared.

Clinton visited a majority-Hispanic high school in Phoenix on Monday, telling supporters, "We are a nation of immigrants and of exiles. When I see people like [Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio] and others who are treating fellow human beings with such disrespect, with such contempt, it just makes my heart sink. We are better than that," according to KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

And both Clinton and Sanders released Spanish-language ads. 

Still, both have grown more and more similar in their proposals, said Walter Garcia, Western regional communications director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

"The fact of the matter is, overall, our candidates agree on very important principles. For example, they believe that there should be a pathway to citizenship." 

Both campaigns and the DNC emphasized the differences between Republican and Democratic candidates, particularly when it comes to attitudes toward immigration.

"Republicans don't even talk about immigrants in a respectful way," Garcia said. 

Arizona’s polls close at 10 p.m. EDT.