One reason for President Obama’s big re-election victory is that Hispanics turned out for him in record numbers. 71% voted for him, with Mitt Romney getting only 27% of the Hispanic vote. George W. Bush got 44%, so it’s not impossible for Republicans to get Hispanic votes. Unlike Bush, Romney came across as anti-Hispanic, due to his tough stance and characteristically tone-deaf comments about immigration. But, in fact, Hispanic voters May have the potential of becoming part of the conservative base. From Jonathan Capehart:
Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Hispanics will turn 18.
Just to be clear, that’s 50,000 U.S.-born people every month for the next 20 years who become eligible to vote. [Whit] Ayres cited this stunning statistic that was highlighted in a study of the Hispanic electorate by Resurgent Republic, a conservative nonprofit research group on whose board he sits. That report also highlights the promise and the peril for the Republican Party in reaching Latino voters.
Of the 10.9 million Latinos registered to vote, 51 percent of them are Democrats and 18 percent are Republicans. But when you view them through an ideological prism, 54 percent of Hispanics identify as “conservative” while 39 percent say they are “liberal.”
After all, most Hispanics are conservative Catholics, are extremely family-oriented, and are hard workers. They would be a natural conservative constituency, if the whole immigration issue could be solved.