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Politico: GOP Should Do More to Target Nonwhite Voters

Politico: GOP Should Do More to Target Nonwhite Voters

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By    |   Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:24 PM

More than a week after Donald Trump won the presidential election, there is talk in Republican circles that the party needs to work harder to diversify its voting bloc if it wants to continue winning down the road.

White voters carried Trump to victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday's election. Moving forward, insiders told Politico the GOP needs to court other groups as the nation's demographics continue to evolve.

"I am very concerned we will take the wrong lessons from this," Republican pollster Whit Ayres told Politico. "Trump showed Republicans could squeeze out one more presidential victory by appealing primarily to white voters, especially against a historically unpopular Democratic nominee.

"But counting on winning the Electoral College while losing the popular vote is not a strategy for long-term success in the new America."

With most of the votes counted, Clinton is on pace to win the popular vote despite losing the election. Democrats have cried foul over the Electoral College and some even want it abolished.

In the meantime, former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer told Politico Republicans should start developing a ground game to target all voters — particularly minorities.

"I do worry about that," Fleischer said. "Donald Trump is a unique phenomenon who had the ability to change the math. But the demographic math changing our country will continue regardless. And therefore, the ability to appeal to nonwhite voters remains essential to Republican success."

The Pew Research Center concluded that Trump won the white vote by almost the same margin as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did four years ago. The analysis also shows that Clinton received less support among blacks and Hispanics than President Barack Obama did in 2012.

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said this week white voters "don't think Democrats like them."

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