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  GOP lawmaker apologizes for saying Republicans benefit when minorities don’t vote
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News DateThursday, September 26, 2013 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAssembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey handed Democrats a neatly packed petard to use against him this week when he seemingly cheered the fact that minority and young voters would sit out next year’s election to the benefit of Republican candidates.

Trying to make the case that Republicans generally perform well in mid-term elections when a Democrat is in the White House, Hickey told a Reno radio host that 2014 would be a big year for the GOP.

“We have some real opportunities in 2014,” Hickey said. “This is a great year in an off-presidential election, with seemingly no Democrat on the top of the ticket against (Gov. Brian) Sandoval. No Harry Reid. Where we had a million voters turn out in 2012, we’ll have like 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a nonpresidential year. It’s a great year for Republicans.”

The comment opened Hickey up to accusations from Democrats that he is “out of touch” and trying to suppress the vote — attacks they made within moments of the interview on Tuesday.
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