03/25/2013 09:37 am ET

Can Senator Marco Rubio Draw Hispanic Vote?

LAS CRUCES, N.M. | Sorry, Washington superstar, Time magazine coverboy and hip-hop maven, she's never heard of you.

"Marco Rubio?" said 28-year-old Memorie Annese, taking her daughters to a public library in this city tucked amid soaring mountains and the Rio Grande.

But the Mexican-American, school bus-driving union member who voted for President Barack Obama didn't hesitate when asked if she would consider a Republican candidate with immigrant roots.

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