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Battleground Nevada holds its purple hue, as Republican ‘red wave’ fails to gain traction in midterm elections

That includes, notably, the Culinary Workers Union, long one of the most powerful political forces in Nevada and a driver of Democratic turnout in Las Vegas. Mobilizing a small army of canvassers in both Clark and Washoe counties, the union touted knocking on more than 1 million doors in 2022 — an increase from its previous high, 650,000, in 2020 — with a focus on housing affordability issues. 


On the other end, Democrats and organizations such as the Culinary Union and Somos Votantes, a Latino voter mobilization organization, touted increasing door-knocking targets in 2022, with the Culinary in particular knocking on over 1 million doors.


In the wake of the election, labor unions, in particular, have touted their role in sending Cortez Masto back to Washington. During her victory speech last week, the heads of a dozen different unions — among them the Culinary Workers Union — flanked the senator inside the airy training ground of the Las Vegas carpenters union. 

“The reality is that this is an election that, historically, would have went against the party in power,” said Ted Pappageorge, the secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, in an interview. “We had the best performance in an election and a midterm with the party in power in the last 25 years. And I think that extra effort and hard work that labor put in, and in particular the Culinary Workers Union, helped a lot of folks across the finish line.” 

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