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National Public Radio (NPR) July 28, 2004 Wednesday

SHOW: All Things Considered

HEADLINE: Potential impact of the Latino vote in key Western states on this year's presidential election

ANCHORS: MICHELE NORRIS

REPORTERS: LINDA WERTHEIMER

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

The chairman of that convention, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, addresses the delegates tonight. Richardson is Hispanic, and his selection as head of the Boston gathering is part of the Democrats' effort to reach out to Hispanic voters, especially in key states. From Boston, NPR's Linda Wertheimer reports.

LINDA WERTHEIMER reporting:

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WERTHEIMER: After New Mexico, which is about 40 percent Hispanic, the Democrats' next best shot is probably Arizona. Could the state that produced Barry Goldwater tip Democratic? Again, there's a Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano, who spoke in a coveted evening slot last night at the convention. Her state is changing in just the way Richardson described: Retirees and young families are moving in, and the state has a large and politically active Hispanic population that Napolitano is counting on.

Governor JANET NAPOLITANO (Democrat, Arizona): It's very important and will be more so as the Hispanic population continues to grow. It is the most rapidly growing part of our demographic. You know, now it's about a fifth of our voters; soon, it will be a quarter of the voters. And it's a population that, you know, are very interested in education, very interested in health care, very interested in jobs, jobs with futures, futures for their children; very family-oriented.

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