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Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Texas Lieutenant Governor hopeful state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio answers a question during a televised debate with state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston in Austin, Texas. After years of running few Latinos for statewide posts, Democrats are building a bench that better reflects the support they have in the Hispanic community: more than twice as many Hispanics identify as Democrats than Republicans nationally, according to polls. This year they are showcasing this bench in key states that not only have large Hispanic electorates but enough electoral votes to swing presidential elections. The shift is crucial for a party that often fails to get its Hispanic supporters to the polls. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

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