Hillary Clinton hits Valley in homestretch, makes play for Hispanic voters

Posted at 1:46 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 00:14:08-04

Turning out Hispanic voters has become a key component of Hillary Clinton's strategy in Arizona, as reflected in two homestretch campaign events.

The Democratic presidential nominee will hold a rally at the Arizona State University campus Wednesday evening. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. event.

Clinton will be introduced by the parents of slain U.S. soldier Damian Lopez Rodriquez, an illegal immigrant who joined the Army and died in Iraq in 2007. Lopez was posthumously granted citizenship.

His story is featured in a Clinton campaign video, critical of Donald Trump's assertions that many illegal immigrants are criminals. Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-VA, will visit Phoenix Thursday afternoon and plans to give his entire speech in Spanish!

One Arizona, a coalition of community activist groups, claims it registered approximately 150,000 new Hispanic voters statewide this year.

"We will most likely win if the Latino vote is there," said Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Enrique Gutierrez. "It's always been part of our outreach efforts." 

Prior to Clinton's speech Wednesday, four top Arizona Democrats will take stage. According to one politician's spokesman, all will urge rally-goers to volunteer during this weekend's statewide get-out-the-vote efforts.

A CNN/ORC International poll, released Wednesday, shows Trump with 49 percent and Clinton with 44 percent of likely Arizona voters going into the final week of the campaign.

While that result is within the margin of error, it does gives Trump a bigger lead than other recent Arizona polls.