The Washington Post
Dec. 12, 2012
Every month for the next 20 years there will be 50,000 Hispanics who become eligible to vote. This data point was highlighted by Republican strategist Whit Ayers at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s summit last month. And it represents an electoral tidal wave of woe for the GOP. It was part of a report from Resurgent Republic that also showed an ideological split among the 10.9 million Latinos registered to vote.
While 51 percent are Democrats and 18 percent are Republicans, 54 percent of Hispanics identify as “conservative” while 39 percent say they are “liberal.” In short, Latino voters are open to a conservative pitch. If the GOP can make headway on comprehensive immigration reform and cut out the xenophobic rhetoric, it might be able to get back to winning 44 percent of the Latino vote the way President George W. Bush did in 2004.
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