Mayor of Tucson endorses Warren

Mayor of Tucson endorses Warren
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The Democratic mayor of Tucson, Ariz., announced her endorsement of 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday.

Regina Romero, the first Latina mayor of Tucson, made the announcement days before the Nevada caucuses, where the Latino vote is the largest among the early-voting states, as part of the launch of “Latinas En la Lucha,” a campaign to engage Latino voters for Warren.  

“At every point in our nation’s history Latinas have fought for social justice, for racial justice, for women’s reproductive justice, from Sylvia River to Dolores Huerta,” Romero said. “Our country has proved that when Latinas fight, Latinas win. That’s why today we are launching Latinas En la Lucha — a group of Latinas fighting for Elizabeth Warren.”

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.), has polled well above Warren among Latino voters in multiple surveys and has launched similar campaigns and events focused on courting the Latino vote. 

The mobilization of Latinos in the primary — particularly in battleground states, such as Arizona — gives a glimpse of the important role they’ll play in the general election. 

Romero’s endorsement touched on the issue that Democratic primary voters say is most important to them: determining which candidate is best suited to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE in November.

“She is the one that has the spine and the courage of her convictions to stand up against Trump,” Romero said. “And she is the right person to beat Donal Trump.”

The Arizona primary takes place March 17, two weeks after Super Tuesday. The Nevada caucuses are set for Saturday.