Monday, April 15, 2024

Hispanic Caucus: We’re With Her

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is preparing to announce their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Friday morning. Members of the group’s political arm began polling members yesterday to determine if there was enough support before going through with the endorsement. This is an effort by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to help Secretary Clinton secure the Hispanic votes in the crucial Super Tuesday primaries next week.

“There was a recommendation for Hillary to receive the nomination for endorsement,” said BOLD-PAC executive committee member Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), the Hispanic Caucus whip. “It was pretty easy,” added Gallego. “For most of us that have either been involved with immigration issues or Latino issues, none of us have any history with Bernie.”

In order to have the endorsement approved the board will need the majority of its members to agree, which shouldn’t be a difficult task to achieve. A majority of the 26-member caucus have already endorsed Secretary Clinton. The only member not to support Clinton has been House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) who is only one of three House members to publicly endorse Bernie Sanders.

“I think most of the members are in support,” said House Democratic Conference Vice Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D-Calif.). “Now we’re gelling and we see that there’s broad support but I think we could have done this a lot earlier.”

Hispanics will play a crucial role in selecting the next president this November and are massively important to whomever is the Democratic nominee. According to Washington Post/Univision poll released on Thursday, Clinton holds roughly a 2-to-1 lead over Sanders with Latinos. That same poll showed Hispanics favor Democrats in the General Election, 51 to 14 percent, with 32 percent still undecided.

Washington Post