A dozen Colorado Hispanic leaders endorsed John McCain Thursday, saying Democrat Barack Obama is vulnerable on abortion and free trade.
The estimated 240,000 Hispanic voters in swing-state Colorado have become a coveted prize in this year's election because they have enough clout to influence a close race. Thursday's endorsements were a state GOP bid for their attention ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.
Former Fort Collins Mayor Ray Martinez praised McCain for his opposition to abortion, a key stand among many Hispanics. Former state GOP Chair Bob Martinez says Obama's opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the more recent Central American Free Trade Agreement will hurt him among the state's Hispanic electorate because many of them own small businesses.
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