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Eva Longoria: Hey 2016 Candidates With Spanish Surnames — Don't Bank on Latino Vote

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Actress Eva Longoria, co-founder of the Latino Victory PAC, speaks at a get-out-the-vote rally at a union hall on November 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 01:42 PM

Eva Longoria, in a takedown of a popular misconception last week, pointed out that presidential candidates need more than a Spanish surname to secure the Latino vote.

"One of the big misconceptions about the Hispanic community is that we will automatically vote for somebody with a Spanish surname. And our community is much smarter than that," the entertainer told HuffPost Live.

The former "Desperate Housewives" star made the comments in response to a question about America Ferrera's appearance at a MAKERS conference earlier this month. There, the actress related a reporter’s question asking how she would decide between Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz if the election came down to those two candidates.

An incredulous Ferrara recalled her response: “Wait. I’m so confused right now. Oh, because I’m Latina and I’m a woman. Well, you as a white man, how do you decide who to vote for because you have so many people to choose from?”

Longoria called Ferrera’s response “brilliant.” She pointed out that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic in the United States, with an average age of 27 as compared to 43 for non-Hispanics.

“When you’re talking about the Latino vote, you’re talking about millennial votes, and that group in general is hard to engage with to get them interested in and excited about the political process,” Longoria, who stopped by HuffPost Live to promote her new show "Telenovela," said.

Earlier this month, Longoria endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto to replace outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

“It’s time we send the first woman from Nevada — and the very first Latina — to the Senate,” Longoria said at the time, according to Fox News.

She called Cortez Masto tough and fair and expressed confidence that the Democrat would fight for families.

Longoria co-founded the Latino Victory Project, which aims to build political power within the Latino community.



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