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New Mexico's governor stumps for Washington Democratic senator

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) - The nation's only Hispanic governor was in the Yakima area yesterday and spoke to a largely Hispanic crowd of about 125. Democrat Bill Richardson said that Hispanics need to become more involved in the political process in order for their voices to be heard on issues facing America, including immigration. In a speech at the Sunnyside Community Center, Richardson said registering to vote and then going to the polls are critical parts of that process. He said: "The more we register, the more politicians on both sides of the aisle are going to listen to us." Richardson has not ruled out a run for the presidency in 2008, but said he will first focus on the governor's race in New Mexico this fall. Richardson was swinging through the state, including a stop earlier yesterday in Yakima and a spin today through Seattle, to promote the candidacy of Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell.
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