GOP Now Practically A Whites-Only Party
Political Science Professor Zoltan Hajnal (pictured) of UC San Diego says a little-focused-upon result of this year’s elections is that the Republican Party is more, more than ever, a white enclave.
Republicans won big in 2010 primarily because they won big among white voters. The 60% of the white vote that Republicans garnered last Tuesday is, by most estimates, the highest proportion of the white vote that the GOP has won in any national election since World War II.
Relying on white support is not a new strategy for the party. In 2008, 91% of the votes that John McCain received in his presidential bid came from white voters.
The problem for Republicans is that the percentage of whites is declining in America. By 2050 they’ll no longer be a majority. And Republican positions are turning off non-white voters.
Even with Democrats presiding over the worst economy since the Great Depression, racial and ethnic minorities did not turn away from the Democratic Party. Last week Latinos favored Democrats over Republicans nearly 2 to 1 (64% to 34%), blacks voted overwhelmingly for Democrats (90%), and a clear majority of Asian- Americans (56%) supported Democrats.Click here for reuse options!
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