Issue #374

Why House Republicans alienate Hispanics: They don’t need them

Political analysts keep urging the Republican Party to do more to appeal to Hispanic voters. Yet the party’s congressional leaders show little sign of doing so, blocking an immigration overhaul and harshly criticizing President Obama for his plan to defer deportation for undocumented migrants. There’s a simple reason that congressional Republicans are willing to risk alienating Hispanics: They don’t need their votes, at least not this year. Republicans would probably hold the House—and still have a real chance to retake the Senate—if they lost every single Hispanic voter in the country, according to an analysis by The Upshot. New York Times, 10-21-14.

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