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Top Latino group picks Clinton for first-ever endorsement

Top Latino group picks Clinton for first-ever endorsement
A political group affiliated with the country's largest Hispanic civil rights organization endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race MORE for president Tuesday, its first time taking sides in a presidential race.
 
NCLR Action PAC and NCLR Action Fund, the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) political and fundraising arms, announced the endorsement in Las Vegas, the site of Wednesday's final debate between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE.
 
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"When we look at how we got here, it is clear that Hillary Clinton is the candidate who can move our country forward, especially on the issues of biggest import to Latinos across the country,” said NCLR Action Fund Chairman and PAC Board Member Danny Ortega.
 
Ortega said Trump's campaign rhetoric also motivated the group to endorse Clinton.
 
“There is no place in the White House for a person who anchored his campaign on deeply rooted hatred, bigotry and misogyny. Latinos will be asked: what did we do to prevent this demagogue, who openly attacked us, from becoming President. The one thing we cannot afford to sit at home on Election Day,” Ortega said.
 
 
Clinton and Trump are expected to be asked about immigration reform at the debate in Nevada, where Hispanics could play a large role in determining who takes the state on Election Day.
 
The Hispanic population in Nevada is one of the fastest-growing in the country, and, along with its counterparts in Florida and Colorado, has been targeted by Democrats as crucial in winning swing states for Clinton.
 
Nevada is also host to a tight Senate race to replace retiring Minority Leader Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidFive takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Major overhauls needed to ensure a violent revolution remains fictional Senate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees MORE (D-Nev.). Former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) is vying to become the first Latina ever elected to the Senate. She is running against Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.).
 
NCLR itself can't endorse candidates because of its tax exempt status, but explicitly denied Trump an invitation to its annual conference in June. To keep the event non-partisan, Clinton wasn't invited either. 
 
“Mr. Trump has, without relent and without apology, engaged in a concerted effort to denigrate and demonize not just immigrants but the entire 55-million-plus Latinos in this country,” NCLR president Janet Murguía said in June.

In a statement responding to the endorsement, Clinton promised to work with groups like NCLR to create more opportunities for Latinos and “reject the hateful rhetoric that has been directed at Latinos and too many others throughout this election."

“The stakes have never been higher, and I’m humbled to receive this historic endorsement from NCLR PAC. As voters head to the polls in states across the country, it’s critical that Latinos make their voices heard in this election,” Clinton said in the statement. 

“With so much on the line, now is the time for people from all walks of life to stand up and vote for the kind of country we want to be: a country where we build bridges, not walls; where we’re stronger together; and where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential.”