Latina actress and political activist Eva Longoria and Vice President Joe Biden were in Nevada Saturday shoring up support for Latina Democratic candidate Lucy Flores, a state assemblywoman running for Lieutenant Governor.
"We've got three days," said Vice President Biden. Biden "If we vote, we win. If we don't, we lose."
The double-star power was aimed squarely at Latinos who are about 16 percent of Nevada's eligible voters. In 2012, they voted 71 percent for Obama. But Republicans have turned out in greater numbers in early voting, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, creating worries that several Democrats, including Flores, could lose if Latinos don't make a strong showing at the polls Tuesday.
Flores is one of several Latinas vying for election in this year's midterms. She is one of the candidates that got support from Latino Victory Project and Political Action Committee, cofounded by Longoria and businessman and philanthropist Henry Muñoz III.
Nationally, turnout may very well determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. A new NBC News/WSJ poll found the election deadlocked, with tight margins among likely voters in the 10 most-competitive Senate battlegrounds: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire and North Carolina. In the poll, about 47 percent of likely voters said they wanted a Republican Congress and 46 percent a Democratic one.
In Colorado, 14 percent of the registered electorate is Latino, and as NBC News' Suzanne Gamboa recently reported, both incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall and GOP candidate Cory Gardner have been aggressively campaigning for Latino votes. Recent polling by Latino Decisions show Hispanics favoring Udall to Gardner, though a percentage of voters were undecided, making turnout even more crucial for the candidates.
According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a record number of Latino candidates - 32 in all, could be elected to the U.S. House, which is expected to stay Republican.