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A rush of support for Harris sparked consternation among Latino politicians, who have grown increasingly vocal about their concerns that the fast-growing Latino electorate is being ignored by Democratic leaders.
The Latino caucus issued a statement touting a voter survey it commissioned and saying a Latino contestant in the Senate race would be a boon for all Democrats.
“There are many talented Latino leaders who could help energize Latino Democratic voters,” said the caucus vice chair, Sen.
Villaraigosa is said to be close to a decision about whether to mount a Senate bid. But members of the caucus insisted they were not pushing for any particular candidate, despite the timing of their statements.
“One of the goals of the Latino Caucus is to develop avenues that empower the Latino community all across the state of California,” the caucus' chair, Assemblyman