New York City mayoral candidates woo Latino voters

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 4:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a quarter of New York City residents eligible to vote are Latino, and polls show they're not leaning toward a single mayoral candidate.

Hoping to win their votes, the candidates are making frequent trips to neighborhoods where Latinos are concentrated, shaking hands and sometimes greeting them in Spanish.

Candidate Bill De Blasio says Latinos are the X-factor in the election. He says they're open-minded and politically independent, and he's made appealing to them a major strategy of his campaign.

An NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released last week puts Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn in a virtual tie among Latino voters. Twenty percent said they would vote for Weiner; 19 percent said they'd support Quinn.

The poll was taken after Weiner's rekindled sexting scandal.

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