November 7, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Fact of the Day: President Obama Wins 71 Percent Of The Latino Vote
Republicans will likely respond to their presidential election loss by calling for an even more conservative candidate in the 2016 election. They likely will claim that Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008 were not true conservatives, and if only a true conservative could be nominated, Republicans would win back the White House. The problem is, even though Mitt Romney and John McCain were once considered moderate, they did not run as moderates during their presidential campaigns. On the surface it may seem Republicans could win over the Latino vote with a conservative message, but they fail to do so because they instead cater their message to a shrinking white majority.
Republicans need to recalibrate their social agenda or the following trend is only going to worsen:
58% for Kerry in 2004
67% for Obama in 2008
71% for Obama in 2012
Mitt Romney only received 27% of the Latino vote. This is a big change from George W. Bush’s 40% in 2004. Republicans think they need to go more conservative, but if their brand of conservatism only includes a shrinking and aging white population there is great reason to believe the Republican Party will continue to marginalize itself in an increasingly diverse America.