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GOP makes $6M push to recruit Hispanic candidates

A national project aimed at diversifying the Republican Party will spend $6 million to recruit new Hispanic candidates.

Leaders of the Future Majority Project on Friday said they hope to identify 200 new political hopefuls -- and propel at least 75 into state-level office.

“The Future Majority Project is working to ensure the Republican Party better reflects America’s diversity, and I’m proud that we are bringing much needed voices to the table,” said Florida state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Miami Republican involved with the effort.

The announcement came at the tail end of a Republican leadership convention in Austin.

The Future Majority Project is part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, an organization that seeks to elect Republicans to state-level offices. Last year, the project identified 125 new Hispanic candidates in 26 states.

A separate initiative by the Republican State Leadership Committee identified 191 new female candidates. Eighty-four of the women won office, according to data provided by the organization.

The Future Majority Project has powerful allies. Its chairs are Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada. Diaz and Florida state Rep. Jose Oliva, of Miami Lakes, serve on the advisory board.

[Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:56am]


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