Karl Rove, everyone’s favorite Republican strategist, has a wake up call for some of the party in today’s Wall Street Journal. It boils down to this: more white folks will not win the GOP elections. He goes into the numbers and shows, rather convincingly, why the party needs to court more than just white voters.
Predictably he brings in the attempt at a comprehensive immigration reform package. Should such a package pass the House and become law (yes I know there are more steps but the House is the more hostile piece at the moment) then that Republican victory can be used to attract more Latino voters. And attracting more voters from one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing population in the US is a good thing if we want to win more elections.
His two examples of Latino growth? None other than Gwinnett and Henry counties.
“For example, the Hispanic population in Georgia’s Gwinnett County increased by 153% from 2000 to 2010 while the GOP’s presidential vote in the county dropped to 54% in 2012 from 63.7% in 2000. In Henry County, south of Atlanta, the Hispanic population increased by 339% over the same decade. The GOP’s presidential vote dropped to 51.2% in 2012 from 66.4% in 2000. Republicans ignore changes like these at their peril.”
Feel free to read the whole article. It’s a good one, especially for a stats junkie like me.