Did GOP write off the Hispanic vote?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

As the country moves forward, political analysts are still looking back at the election results. One focus is on the Hispanic vote.

OneNewsNow approached Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion & Democracy who notes the heavy Hispanic liberal vote, an area where Mitt Romney suffered compared to George Bush in the 2004 election. Clear majorities of Hispanic voters -- both Catholic and evangelical -- supported President Obama, who strongly favors abortion and homosexual "marriage." This demographic vote came despite the fact Hispanics are typically seen as having conservative, traditional values.

Tooley, Mark (IRD)"We have to assume that economic issues and views towards the government played a role," Tooley says.

"But also we probably should assume that Republicans, who this year in the presidential race almost completely avoided social issues, made no connection with socially conservative Hispanic voters."

The IRD leader believes that almost certainly Republicans could have done better, at least among evangelical Hispanics, "but the effort seems to not have been made seriously." At the same time, Tooley points out while many white evangelicals voted for Romney, many voted for Obama.

"That includes millions of voters who either agreed with President Obama on same-sex marriage and abortion rights even though they're evangelical, or simply decided to focus on other issues that they thought more important -- or they were simply uninformed," he says.

"We can't underestimate that -- that tens of millions of American voters simply don't know the substance of the candidates' positions on many issues."

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