Could Hispanics Tip the Balance in Key Races?

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"The Latino vote is going to be critical in this race," said John Tuman, chairman of the political science department and director of the Latin American studies program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "This is a critical demographic for Reid and his campaign. And the Democratic Party, in general, in Nevada has a real, sustained outreach effort for the Latino community."

Angle, meanwhile, has taken a lot of heat from Latino voters for featuring men crossing the fence in her campaign ads. When Hispanic students questioned her recently about why the men were brown-skinned, Angle said she was "not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial."

Her reasoning: "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me," Angle told students, a comment that didn't go down well with Hispanics.

ABC News' Maya Srikrishnan contributed to this report.

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