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Republicans hope to secure more Latino votes

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PASCO, Wash. -- As the Latino population continues to grow, more politicians are pushing for their vote. It's a national issue and now one local chapter is doing what they can to get Hispanics to vote Republican.

For years, the majority of Hispanics have been voting Democrat. And after all the immigration talk this past year, many politicians are targeting the Latino demographic. Politicians, including the local Republican National Hispanic Assembly Chapter. The Tri-Cities chapter started in 2000 but has been in hiatus since 2006.

This year, they plan on holding more campaigns including phone banks and rallies.

Chairman for the Tri-Cities chapter, Ricardo Espinoza says a lot of Hispanics are registered as independent, but there are three main issues that he thinks will get them to vote Republican. "The abortion issue; I lean with the Republicans on that issue. The right to bear and keep arms; I lean with the Republicans. I believe the constitution is very specific on what it says and the third issue is taxes. The government ought not be taking so much of our money," said Espinoza.

He also said they are starting another chapter in Yakima. He hopes to get a large enough Hispanic crowd to lure U.S. Senate hopeful, Dino Rossi to speak to them.