November 6, 2014


G.O.P.'s Inroads With Latinos Hint at a Path for 2016 (JULIA PRESTON, NOV. 5, 2014, NY Times)

"We had better candidates this year, who were talking about the issues that people care about and doing it in a way that did not alienate any group," said Luis G. Fortuño, the former governor of Puerto Rico who is a member of the Republican National Committee.

Republicans said the glide to re-election of two Hispanic Republican governors in states with large Hispanic populations -- Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada -- also showed the party's ability to succeed with those voters when it runs strong candidates.

In Texas, the state with the second-largest Hispanic population -- 17 percent of the electorate -- Greg Abbott, the Republican who defeated an underdog campaign for governor by Wendy Davis, a Democrat, won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, while Ms. Davis took 55 percent. In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry, also a Republican, won his race with 38 percent of Latinos.

In Georgia, where a small but rapidly growing population of Hispanic citizens now represents 4 percent of voters, Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, was re-elected, winning 47 percent of Hispanic voters while his Democratic challenger received 53 percent. In the hard-fought Senate race in Georgia, David Perdue, a conservative Republican businessman, received 42 percent of the Latino votes while his Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn, got 57 percent.

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican who had been under fire even from some in his own party for sharp tax cuts, received 47 percent of the Latino vote, while his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, won 46 percent. The exit polls were conducted by Edison Research for the television networks and The Associated Press.

In the presidential race in 2012, Mitt Romney won only 27 percent of the Hispanic vote, while President Obama was re-elected with 71 percent.

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