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Nevada Political Portrait
This photo taken Oct. 17, 2012 shows Cristina Aguilar, center, walking with her husband, Javier Aguilar, granddaughter Enny Valle, far left, and Enny's husband Josh Valle as their grandson Alessandro Diaz, 2, leads them to a ride at a pumpkin patch amusement park, in Las Vegas. Aguilar, who works on an on-call basis as a hostess for the Circus Circus Casino buffet, and others like her have turned what was once a reliably conservative, largely-rural state into a key political battleground and a test case for whether Republicans can succeed without the support of a rapidly-growing Hispanic population. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)