Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus

Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE’s (D-N.J.) White House campaign is rolling out a bilingual training program ahead of the Nevada caucuses in February.

The program, dubbed “Caucus por Cory,” will be kicked off Saturday and is part of the campaign’s effort to train and engage Latino voters in both English and Spanish.

“We’re proud to launch this caucus program in Nevada aimed at training and engaging Latino voters across the state,” said Vanessa Valdivia, the Booker campaign’s Nevada communications director.

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“Latino voters will be a critical part of the coalition to win in 2020 and engaging early in the process is key to that success. Our campaign will continue to meet voters where they are and work to engage all communities to learn more about Cory Booker,” Valdivia said.

Nevada is scheduled to hold its caucuses on Feb. 22, the third nominating contest of the 2020 primary. The Silver State, with its heavily Hispanic primary electorate, is viewed as a litmus test of Democratic presidential contenders’ appeal to a key voting bloc. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE has a 9-point lead in Nevada, according to RealClearPolitics’s average of polls in the state, though Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE (I-Vt.), who has seen an uptick in support among Hispanics and who is viewed as potent in caucuses, is also considered to be a strong contender in the state.

Booker, who speaks Spanish and has long been seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party, has struggled to break out of the primary field’s middle tier — national and early state polling shows him sitting in the low or mid-single digits and he has so far not qualified for the primary debate next week.