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Hillary Clinton campaign launches “Latinos for Hillary”

Hillary for America has announced it will launch “Latinos for Hillary” this week, with the candidate doing an interview with Telemundo when she’s in Florida on Friday. The launch will coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month.

According to an email from the Hillary Clinton campaign, the outreach effort “will be used to energize, organize and earn the support of the Latino community.”

“Hillary’s message will be that she will defend and stand with Latinos— because when Latino families are strong, America is strong.”

Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, is expected to host events over the next couple of weeks in San Antonio, Texas, and Nevada, critical spots for the Latino GOTV. In Texas, Rep. Joaquin Castro will campaign for Clinton in the state leading up to the first Democratic primary debate on October 13th.

The campaign also has announced it will also host a number of Latino house parties around the Democratic debate in key states like Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia.

Clinton has a sizable polling advantage over all Democratic and Republican candidates among registered Hispanic voters. That said, she has sometimes struggled to answer difficult immigration-related questions, such as one during an October 2007 debate involving whether immigrants in the U.S. illegally should be issued driver’s licenses.

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In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at m.ross66211@gmail.com.

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