Nevada GOP leader: 2014 a good year for GOP because minorities won’t vote

Nevada state assembly Republican Leader Pat Hickey said in a radio interview this week that the 2014 election will be good for Republicans because minorities and young voters won't turn out like they did in the 2012 presidential election.

"Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012, we'll have like 700,000," Hickey told a local conservative talk radio host on Tuesday. "A lot of minorities and a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential -- it's a great year for Republicans."

What Hickey is saying is generally true -- that turnout in a midterm election is usually more favorable to Republicans and that minority voters and young people tend to vote in lower numbers than presidential years.

But the state Democratic Party says the comments are proof that Republicans want to suppress the vote.

"Mr. Hickey’s comments were insulting and out-of-touch," state Democratic party spokesman Zach Hudson said in a statement. "But it reflects a broader problem – Republicans will do whatever they can to suppress the vote next year."

Hickey also mentioned that Democrats are having a tough time finding a credible candidate to take on popular Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) next year -- suggesting that the absence of a leading statewide candidate may cause Democrats to stay home.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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