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Byron York: Trump Inherited GOP's Hispanic Problem

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Maria Antonio holds an anti-Donald Trump sign at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on May 23, 2016 in East Los Angeles, Calif.(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 Jul 2016 12:00 PM

Citing a new poll from Pew, Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner that though Donald Trump is struggling to connect with Hispanic voters, he inherited a GOP problem with those voters — he didn't cause it.

According to Pew's research, Trump is suffering a 42-point deficit to Hillary Clinton with Hispanic voters. However, his support is actually slightly better than his predecessors, Mitt Romney and John McCain:
  • Barack Obama held a 48-point lead with Hispanics in October 2012 polling
  • Obama held a 43-point lead over McCain in July 2008
Romney subsequently lost to Obama by 44 points and McCain by 36 in their respective elections.

"For all the bellyaching by GOP party elites, Trump is roughly where Romney was in 2012 and McCain was in 2008 among Hispanic voters," Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told the Examiner. "In polling, Hispanics are attracted to Mr. Trump's policies on economic growth, job creation, national security and school choice/charters."

To be clear, writes York, not losing as badly as those guys was not the goal — doing better was and is. But to repeat the refrain that Trump has driven away Hispanics from the party is disingenuous.

"It's impossible to say whether any other candidate in the 2016 field, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, would be doing appreciably better," York writes. "The Republican Party's problems with Hispanic voters pre-date Trump, and may be more consequential to the party's standing with those voters than anything Trump has done so far."

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Citing a new poll from Pew, Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner that though Donald Trump is struggling to connect with Hispanic voters, he inherited a GOP problem with those voters - he didn't cause it.
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