Hispanic voters turned out in record numbers on election day 2012 to support
with resounding unity President Obama and the Democratic party's political positions. The
Republican party's failure to press immigration reform and Romney's disconnect with the Hispanic
voters tanked any possibility for victory. Republican policy must change to cater to a larger
percentage of Latinos. An impreMedia-Latino Decisions poll released Tuesday as an alternative to exit polls found Obama had won
75 percent of Latino voters nationwide, while exit polls found him with around 70 percent Latino
support, with figures likely to change throughout the night as tallies come in from the West
shows that Latino voters not only felt they aligned better with Obama on many issues, including jobs
and the economy, they also felt the Democratic Party seemed to actually care about getting their
The country is becoming more
diverse in general, with a growing Latino population and an even faster-growing Asian population.
Those demographic changes will spell trouble for the Republican Party if it remains on in its
current trajectory, among Latino voters in particular.
Immigration isn't the top issue for most -- jobs and the economy rank higher -- but it remains
an important one, and for many Latino voters it's something of a litmus test. If a politician seems
to disrespect immigrants or Latinos overall, or if the party seems uninterested in winning their
votes, the support isn't going to come. This year, it didn't. Exit polls place Romney at
winning 29 percent of the Latino vote, which is lower than Republican candidates received in 2008,
2004, and 2000. The lowest percentage of Latino voters won by a Republican was in 1996, when Bob
Dole garnered only 21 percent of Latinos to former President Bill Clinton's record 72
percent--An Ominous Sign for the future success of Republican Politicians.
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