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opinion | marcela García

Caesars’ secret vote strategy? Eastie Latinos

As East Boston continues to cement its status as the de facto Latino epicenter of the city, a group of Hispanic organizers in Eastie is engaged in a serious grass-roots campaign this summer, knocking on doors, listening, and lining up support. Their cause isn’t to help elect a mayoral candidate, however. It’s to solidify approval among the Latino community for the proposed casino at Suffolk Downs.

They’re not volunteers. They’re paid to canvas by Caesars Entertainment, which is partnering with Suffolk Downs in vying for the one available casino license in Eastern Massachusetts. It’s not often discussed, but the Latino community holds the cards in deciding Caesars’ fate in East Boston — Hispanics now account for 53 percent of the neighborhood’s total population.

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