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Kamala Harris talks abortion, appeals to voters in Milwaukee – The Washington Put up

MILWAUKEE — Vice President Kamala Harris met with faculty college students and Latino leaders in Milwaukee on Thursday, a go to meant to energise voters just below seven weeks earlier than an election by which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson are on the poll.

Harris additionally spoke at a gathering of the Democratic Attorneys Normal Affiliation, urging them to “battle again” for abortion rights and towards these she known as “extremist, so-called leaders” who had been making an attempt to make it more durable to vote.

Harris singled out Democratic Legal professional Normal Josh Kaul, who’s up for reelection in November, for submitting a lawsuit to problem Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban that has no exceptions for rape or incest.

“Josh, our administration has your again,” she mentioned to applause.

Harris additionally faulted Republicans pushing legal guidelines making it harder to vote and backing “sham audits” into the 2020 presidential election outcomes.

Republicans in Wisconsin have handed quite a few payments that will have made it harder to vote absentee, however Evers vetoed all of them. Republicans additionally authorized an investigation into the 2020 election that didn’t flip up any proof to query President Joe Biden’s victory within the state. Meeting Speaker Robin Vos fired the investigator, former Wisconsin Supreme Courtroom Justice Michael Gableman, final month.

“Immediately, our nation faces many threats to our rights and to our freedoms and we should stand united,” Harris mentioned.

The vp additionally met with college students and met privately with native Latino leaders on the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in an try to energise two teams that don’t at all times prove to vote.

About 7.6% of Wisconsin’s inhabitants identifies as Hispanic or Latino, in response to the 2020 census. The biggest focus is centered in Milwaukee and spills over into close by Kenosha and Racine counties.

In 2020, nevertheless, Latinos made up an estimated 3% of Wisconsin voters, in response to AP VoteCast. That determine suggests there are many eligible Latinos not voting in help of both social gathering.

This election cycle, each events are focusing their efforts on gaining the help of Latino voters in Milwaukee, the state’s largest Democratic stronghold.

Earlier than Harris’ go to, state GOP management and the social gathering’s candidate for lawyer basic condemned the Biden administration for rising inflation and crime charges. They spoke on the Republican Nationwide Committee’s Hispanic Group Middle on Milwaukee’s south aspect.

The RNC opened its Hispanic Group Middle in Milwaukee greater than a 12 months in the past as a part of nationwide efforts to achieve minority voters, and it’s been holding “election integrity” occasions there since June which might be geared toward recruiting partisan ballot watchers.

“The Hispanic neighborhood could be very conservative each fiscally and socially,” mentioned Preya Samsundar, the GOP’s communications director for the Midwest. She added that the neighborhood middle’s door-knocking efforts and occasions have been profitable up to now in bringing Latino voters into the Republican Occasion.

However regardless of the social gathering’s efforts, only a mile down the street in a small Puerto Rican café and restaurant on the south aspect, voters knew little of the Hispanic Group Middle or who was on the poll this 12 months.

“I actually don’t know the people who find themselves operating, and generally I feel that nothing’s going to vary,” mentioned Juan Ortiz from behind a bakery show stocked with conventional Puerto Rican pastries.

Ortiz mentioned he has forged ballots for Republicans and Democrats, however he solely votes in presidential elections. His cause is easy and represents the problem each events face mobilizing voters this 12 months: “I feel whoever’s within the high controls the entire thing. It doesn’t matter what whoever desires to do in the event that they’ve acquired to ask the large folks.”

Related Press author Scott Bauer contributed to this report from Madison. Comply with him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP and comply with Hurt Venhuizen at https://twitter.com/HarmVenhuizen. Venhuizen is a corps member for the Related Press/Report for America Statehouse Information Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit nationwide service program that locations journalists in native newsrooms to report on undercovered points.

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