Arizona's Hispanic vote may turn the state blue

A key factor that could determine if the state of Arizona turns blue this election is the Latino vote.

PHOENIX - According to a recent poll, 83 percent of Arizona Hispanics are planning to head to the polls this November.

The poll comes from the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials)Education Fund, and it shows that Latinos could play a key role in the Grand Canyon State.

Congressman Raul Grijalva said Hispanic turnout is normally around 30 percent. This year, he estimates that the turnout at the polls will be more around the 70-percent mark.

"The vote in Arizona among Latinos, to some extent, is not just a pro-Hillary and not just anti-Trump vote, but kind of a referendum as a community as a whole," said the congressman.

We went to some restaurants in the Phoenix area to try and catch some of those Arizona Latino voters who may turn the state Democratic in this election. Although many of them were shy to be in front of the camera, they did comment that are determined to go out and vote.

Reyes Godinez a naturalized American citizen, said he was sure Latinos would make their voices heard in this election.

"There’s a lot of Latinos here in Arizona -- they are not doing it," he said, "and this is the year that we’re going to do it."

NALEO is a non-profit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process. You can find more information on the organization by visiting their website at www.naleo.org.

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