Alienating Latinos Gives GOP Rude Awakening

By Miami Herald, Miami Herald - November 12, 2012

Nearly a half-century after the national political parties began to pay lip service to the importance of Hispanics, it’s safe to say the long-heralded Latino vote has finally arrived. Hispanic Americans played a significant, possibly decisive, role in the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

The Republican Party can’t afford to ignore that political reality if it wants to remain a viable national contender.

Both the outcome of the 2012 vote and, what’s worse for the GOP, the long-term trend do not augur well for a party that needs broad-based support to win elections. Mitt Romney lost the vote by 71 percent to 27 percent, a margin of 44 percent.

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