The Times podcast: Democrats try abortion rights pitch with Latinos

People sit around a table.
Gabe Vasquez, the Democratic candidate in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, mingled with residents at the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival in Mimbres, N.M., on Sept. 24.
(Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times)

The overturning of Roe vs. Wade this summer offered Democrats a new playbook for the Nov. 8 midterm elections when it comes to winning the Latino vote: Promise to protect abortion rights. It’s a move that goes against the long-held assumption that Latinos skew socially conservative and hold antiabortion views rooted in their religious beliefs.


Today, as part of our ongoing coverage of the midterm elections, a race in New Mexico gives us a window into the gamble that access to abortions can help Democrats win over Latinos. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times national political correspondent Melanie Mason

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