Nevada’s ‘First Latina’ Blows Off Hispanic Ceremony As Support Shrinks

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) speaks at the Nevada Democratic Party's election results watch party at Caesars Palace on November 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans voted on their choices of candidates in the midterm election, which is seen by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Nevada Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who often bills herself as “the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate,” blew off an invitation from a Latino media group to accept a leadership award.
  • The senator instead sent a surrogate. The award was designated for Cortez Masto as a co-recipient, and was given during Hispanic Heritage month.
  • in 2016, Cortez Masto earned 61 percent of the Latino vote; a new survey shows that her Hispanic support has dropped to 49 percent.


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