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Latino Lawmakers Throw Support Behind Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 29/02/2016 Elise Foley
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to receive an endorsement Monday from the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The CHC BOLD PAC endorsement comes at an important time in the campaign: Both Clinton and opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are aiming to win the Latino vote, which could be pivotal in Super Tuesday primary states like Texas and Colorado.

The group will announce its endorsement at a press conference Monday morning.

The CHC BOLD PAC helps elect candidates who support Latino issues, and is chaired by Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.). He already endorsed Clinton, and went to Nevada during the Democratic caucuses to speak on her behalf.

Cárdenas told HuffPost at the time that the Clinton campaign had reached out to the PAC to ask if they had an endorsement process for presidential candidates. He said they were "very flattered" and didn't have a process because they hadn't done it before. Sanders' campaign asked the PAC later about its endorsement," he said.

"It's really exciting to see that people are looking to vie for our support," Cárdenas said from the Nevada caucuses.

A number of Latino lawmakers and officials already endorsed Clinton , including Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and immigration leader Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).

Some Latino lawmakers, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), have endorsed Sanders as well, although more on the state and local level than the national one.

The BOLD PAC began asking members last week whom to endorse, and some said Clinton was the obvious choice.

"It was pretty easy," Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), the Hispanic Caucus whip, told the Washington Post. "For most of us that have either been involved with immigration issues or Latino issues, none of us have any history with Bernie."

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