New Mexico Offers Look at U.S. Elections of the Future
The volunteers fanned out in pairs last week, swarming the heart of this old settlers’ outpost in the north central part of the nation’s most Hispanic state.
Julio Maestas, 25, whose ancestors were among the area’s original residents, and Anayeli Rivera, 22, whose mother was born in Mexico, knocked on doors along Valencia Street, taking the Obama campaign’s message to veterans and retirees whose speech is a mix of English and Spanish.
New Mexico Democrats are intensifying their efforts to increase Hispanic voter turnout, a perennial quest here and across the country for a rapidly growing ethnic group that tends to vote in significantly lower percentages than other groups.
The results are being closely watched by national party leaders. The theory is that, with the Hispanic population growing in many states, the way New Mexico looks today is the way many states will look in elections down the road.
Photo: Mark Holm for The New York Times
We have a Spaceport too. The state of the future! ¡Ajua!