G.O.P.’s Inroads With Latinos Hint at a Path for 2016 – NYTimes.com

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G.O.P.’s Inroads With Latinos Hint at a Path for 2016 – NYTimes.com

Hispanics voted nearly two to one for Democratic candidates on Tuesday just as they did in the 2010 midterm elections, a national exit poll shows. In a number of key races, however, they voted more heavily Republican, pointing to a strategy for Republicans in the presidential contest in 2016.

In Georgia, where a small but rapidly growing population of Hispanic citizens now represents 4 percent of voters, Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, was re-elected, winning 47 percent of Hispanic voters while his Democratic challenger received 53 percent. In the hard-fought Senate race in Georgia, David Perdue, a conservative Republican businessman, received 42 percent of the Latino votes while his Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn, got 57 percent.

“Republicans should not read too much into this,” said Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist. “This doesn’t mean their path to the White House in 2016 will be that much easier.”

Latino Republicans shared the caution. “There is a national trend of Latinos distancing away from the Democrats,” said Daniel Garza, executive director of the Libre Initiative, a conservative group that worked extensively to turn out Latino voters this year. “Will it continue? It depends entirely on the Republican Party, especially what they do on the issue of immigration.”

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