Eva Longoria Endorses Latina For US Senate Seat Representing Nevada

Eva Longoria – actor, producer, director and political activist – has endorsed fellow Latina Catherine Cortez Masto in her bid for the outgoing seat of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. This could result in the first Latino in the U.S. Senate.

Star of The Young and the Restless and Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria and her political group Latino Victory Project officially endorsed Cortez Masto as a Nevada senate candidate Wednesday. Latino Victory Project is a nonpartisan political fundraising group supporting Hispanic candidates.

Longoria’s preferred candidate, Cortez Masto is Nevada’s former attorney general and is a Democrat. Reportedly Eva is not the only one supporting Cortez Masto, as she is also backed by Senator Reid himself.

According to Longoria, Cortez Masto is “tough, and she’s fair” and is “the right person for the job.” Should Cortez Masto win in November, Longoria says this would set a “milestone” in Latino politics.

As reported by Fox News Latino, Eva Longoria said in a statement Wednesday that it’s “time we send the first woman from Nevada – and the very first Latina – to the Senate.”

According to Longoria, Cortez Masto has proven she will fight for Nevadans and she is certain that in the Senate, Cortez Masto would fight “not only for Latino families, but for all families throughout the country.”

Reportedly, Cortez Masto is running against three-term Republican Joe Heck, a small business owner, and this is considered to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country.

At present, Cortez Masto has reportedly raised more than $1.3 million in the last quarter, while her campaign already has $2 million cash on hand. According to her campaign manager, 93 percent of contributors to the fund offered less than $200, showing that she has a broad grassroots following.

Meanwhile, Heck has reported raising $1.2 million in the last quarter and his campaign reportedly has $2.9 million in cash on hand.

According to Cristóbal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Fund, “The Latino community is ready to witness yet another milestone that will help elevate us above the hateful anti-Latino rhetoric that has tarnished recent political campaigns. Catherine is the fierce leader who will blaze this trail for the next generations.”

However, according to Latin Times, Cortez Masto is not the only Latina currently running for Senate who could potentially win. Reportedly California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is challenging a fellow Democrat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, for Senator Barbara Boxer’s outgoing seat.

Sanchez was reported as telling the Sacramento Bee back in January that she thinks a Latina in the U.S. Senate is something the country needs. Sanchez stressed her own personal experience as a Latina and immigrant, saying, “You get a United States senator to stand up and say something, all of a sudden the world hears.”

Sanchez is well known for her stance in supporting both white and African American U.S. army veterans and working towards the prevention of suicide among those vets. She reportedly recently honored Black History month and the African American Veterans on the House floor.

However, Sanchez has yet to win the financial backing of the Latino Victory Project and is not endorsed by Eva Longorio. Reportedly the group is considering backing the former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the seat in California.

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