Election 2012

Keep Going Republicans!

As everyone discusses which candidate won which group of voters tonight on this Super Tuesday, I'd like to point out one group of voters that all of them are utterly failing to win-over. Hispanic voters.

According to a new poll released by Fox News Latino, none of the Republican candidates would win more than 14 percent of the Hispanic vote if the election were held now.

New York – Despite growing disappointment in his handling of immigration issues, Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights and released Monday. [...]

But the poll shows that the overwhelming choice among likely Latino voters is President Obama. In head-to-head match-ups none of the GOP candidates would garner more than 14 percent of the Latino vote come November, the poll said.

While the poll indicates that four of five Latinos who voted for Obama in 2008 would vote for him later this year, Latinos who voted for Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain four years ago are now divided between voting for Obama and the Republican candidates.

Keep in mind that today's likely electoral victor, Mitt Romney, has spent the primary season campaigning alongside none other than Kris Kobach, the author of "Papers Please" anti-immigration law. And according to Romney himself, he is "very proud" to have Kobach on-board with his campaign.

Hispanic support is not going to return after the primary ends and pandering season begins. The Republicans have already gone one pander too far to win-over the white, ultra-conservative primary base. And even if Romney does rediscover the moderation that he misplaced for half a year, I doubt even he, with his unflinching super PAC and robotic grin, can reverse a deficit this large.

This election cycle has damaged the Republican party for years to come, not just this year, and the blowback will continue to radiate outward during the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.