Immigrants urged to back Deeds
Immigrants, who traditionally are not well represented at the polls, are being encouraged to get out and vote Tuesday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.
Organizers of the effort say they want to get the same immigrants who turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama to turn out for Deeds because of his stances on the economy, education, healthcare and, yes, illegal immigration. Deeds and McDonnell have not spoken much about illegal immigration on the stump, but organizers say that Deeds would treat immigration as a federal issue, while McDonnell would not. (Read more about McDonnell's record on immigration and other issues as attorney general here.)
The Virginia New Majority and Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign are working to get the targeted immigrants to the polls through canvassing, phone calls, mailers and commercials.
The effort kicked off Sept. 15. The goal is to reach 60,000 potential voters in nearly 40,000 households in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.
The groups are spending money on radio and TV spots, full-page ads in ethnic newspapers and mailers. Click here to see one of their mailers (.pdf).
October 29, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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