Widespread Hispanic support for Democrats on Tuesday, together with the inexorable shifts in demographics seem to be an impetus for a review of the strategic direction of the Republican Party. For immigration reform, the policy reevaluation appears to be happening in real time.
While the exit poll question doesn’t tap the subtleties of the arguments for and against reform, the top line numbers -- along with the 71 percent Obama got from Hispanic voters -- appear to have reshuffled GOP positioning on the matter. Wide majorities of Democrats and independents want legal status, as do 51 percent of Republican voters, according to the exit poll.
More than three-in-four Hispanic voters supported a chance for illegal immigrants to gain legal status, including 84 percent of Hispanics who identify as independents.