Republicans made historic gains across the country on Tuesday, including significant progress with minority voters. Republican Tim Scott became the first elected black senator from the South. Mia Love became the first Republican woman of African-American descent to be elected to the House, and the GOP Hispanic Caucus gained new members from West Virginia and Florida. But marquee names aside, the effort Republicans made has to be intensified if they are to become more competitive in higher-turnout presidential-election years.
The most surprising successes for GOP candidates may have come in Kansas and Georgia. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas lost the Latino vote (6 percent of the total) by only three points. In Georgia, businessman David Perdue won 42 percent of the Latino vote, in part by arguing that he knew how to improve the economic climate.