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Democrats keep bleeding Latino voters. That’s a huge problem in Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS — National polls suggest that Latinos are moving sharply away from the Democratic Party. If that plays out in the midterms, it’s likely no place will be impacted more than here in Nevada’s fastest-growing metropolitan area. And that could wipe out much of the advantage Democrats have built in this blue-trending state.

The population of Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas and its suburbs, has skyrocketed from a mere 273,000 in 1970 to roughly 2.3 million people today. The county now casts nearly 70 percent of Nevada’s votes, and it is the bastion of the state’s Democratic Party. Democrats typically run eight to 11 points better in the region than they do statewide.

Latinos are a big reason for this. Clark is less than 40 percent White and roughly one-third Latino. Latinos cast 17 percent of statewide ballots in 2020 and backed Joe Biden by 26 points, carrying him to a narrow 2.4 percentage point win. Any drop in those huge margins puts Nevada in play for the GOP, before factoring in any shifts among other demographics.

National polls suggest Democratic support with Latinos is plummeting. President Biden’s job approval ratings with Hispanics are low, with........

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