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US Election Updates - October 9, 2012

Obama declares home of Cesar Chavez as national monument

President Barack Obama declared the home of renowned Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument on Monday.

The move is seen as a gesture that could help boost Latino votes as the November 6 election fast approaches.

Obama paid tribute to Chavez, a hero to many Hispanic Americans, while acknowledging the economic challenges that the community still faces.

"The recession we're still fighting our way back from is still taking a toll, especially in Latino communities, which already faced higher unemployment and poverty rates," Obama told supporters gathered at the central California home where Chavez lived and led his farm workers movement.

Obama enjoys an overwhelming margin of support over his Republican rival Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters.

California's 55 electoral votes appear firmly in favor of the Democratic incumbent.

However, Latinos could help tip the balance to his advantage in swing states such as Florida and Nevada.

Immigration remains a priority issue for many Latino voters.

Last month, Obama said his inability to revamp U.S. immigration laws as promised was one of the biggest shortcomings of his first four years in office. He vowed to pursue a change in legislation if he wins a second term.

Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, is a celebrated figure for organizing work on behalf of farm workers and Hispanic Americans.

He died in 1993 and is buried on the 187-acre property in the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains where he lived and where the union held meetings, conferences and training sessions.