Come January, Republicans will have at least as many minority senators as Democrats and will have four minority governors to Democrats' one.
The Senate appointment of Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) on Monday mean that, at least for now, the GOP will have three incoming minority senators, and Democrats will have two or three (depending on who is appointed to Inouye's seat, though it seems likely to be another minority candidate).
Republicans have a major Latino problem, but it didn't cost them the 2012 election.
According to a Fix review of election results, Mitt Romney would have needed to carry as much as 51 percent of the Hispanic vote in order to win the Electoral College -- a number no Republican presidential candidate on record has been able to attain and isn't really within the realm of possibility these days.
A coalition of conservative groups is releasing a major study of Latino voters in four key states this morning, and Republicans would be wise to heed its lessons.
Resurgent Republic and the Hispanic Leadership Network are presenting the findings of their study at 9 a.m. Eastern. The polls of Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada show Republicans remain in contention for as many as half of Latino voters in those four states in 2016, but fewer than one-quarter of Latinos in each state say they are likely to vote Republican four years from now.
Mitt Romney has found himself in the middle of the kind of controversy that is supposed to abate after a campaign. On a call with donors Wednesday, he blamed his loss on "gifts" -- in the form of official policies -- that President Obama bestowed on important voter blocs.
Most everybody agrees that Obama's decision to exempt young illegal immigrants from deportation helped him win a massive victory among Latinos. But Romney's inartful comment about "gifts" belies a more serious long-term problem for the GOP in appealing to Latinos.
Early exit polls in Florida show the Latino vote is strong for President Obama, while seniors are giving Mitt Romney a boost.
According to the exit polls, Obama is winning the Latino vote 60 percent to 32 percent after carrying it 57 percent to 42 percent in 2008. AndLatinos are also a larger share of the vote 17 percent, as compared to 15 percent four years ago.
Poll after poll shows a strong majority of Americans see President Obama as a supporter of big government. And Republicans think this is a message that works for them, because a strong majority of Americans oppose bigger government.
But among a very key group of voters, Obama’s message of a bigger role for government appears to be having a real effect in swaying public opinion: Latinos.
President Obama’s announcement Friday that he would stop the deportation of some 800,000 young illegal immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents isn’t likely to increase his share of the Latino vote much.
But there is still plenty for him to gain: turnout and enthusiasm in a community in which both are severely lacking.