Roman pointed to a commercial sponsored by Nevada Hispanics, an arm of the conservative dark-money group American Principles in Action. (In June, I wrote about the launch of this group, its opaque funding, and its initial messages and the holes therein.)

“The theme of [the ad] was, ‘With friends like this, who needs enemies?’” Roman explained. “It called out Obama on his executive order [on immigration] as only a temporary solution that doesn’t in any way guarantee legal status.”

Roman predicted that by November 6, political advertisers of all shades will have spent “well over $3 million” on his stations. That’s more than double the spending in 2008.

It’s an open question whether or how the messaging deluge will influence Nevadans’ Election Day decisions. Meantime, Roman is looking to have a more direct influence, championing the Univision network’s “Ya es hora”—in English, “Now’s the time”—campaign encouraging Hispanics to become US citizens, register to vote, and get engaged in the political process.

“Every group of people has something to contribute,” he told me, his voice cracking with emotion. “I’ve seen how we’ve contributed to the greater good of this republic. I think if we are part of the conversation, if we put our two cents in to determine the road that our country takes, I think that we’ll be better for it.”

Related stories:

“Dark money targets Hispanics in Silver State”

“On Florida’s ‘anything but monolithic’ Hispanic voters”

“The Ad Wars: How do we cover them?”

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Jay Jones is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer who has covered political campaigns for various media outlets in the U.S. and for the BBC in the U.K.