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Expanding the Electorate

Peter Hogness saw a spot of hope in Nevada in last year’s otherwise disastrous election. Donald Trump lost the state, and Democrats held on to a Senate seat and won control of the state legislature — for which he credits the work of the Culinary Union, UNITE HERE Local 226, which represents more than 55,000 hotel, casino and restaurant workers in the state, mostly women and immigrants.

“What struck me was that the union played the role it did in expanding the electorate and the pool of activists,” he says.

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