Texas Republican Senator-elect Ted Cruz on Thursday night blamed Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 per cent” comments as the reason he lost among Latino voters by nearly historic margins.But that excuse doesn’t quite match up to what polls showed consistently throughout the race — that Romney had trouble courting Latinos to his platform all along.
“You want to know why Barack Obama won 71 per cent of the Hispanic vote? Tone on immigration contributed, but I think far more important was ’47 per cent,'” Cruz said at an event for the conservative group American Principles Project, according to The Huffington Post’s Elise Foley.
According to exit polls, President Barack Obama outpaced Romney by an incredible 71-27 margin in the 2012 election. That number remained rather consistent all along — before and after Romney’s controversial comments in September.
In July, for example, Obama led Romney 67-23, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. In the last poll taken before the “47 per cent” comments, a Latino Decisions survey, Romney trailed 68-26. The final gap is not statistically different.
It goes back to a problem Republicans identified early on in the general election — that they needed to connect with Latino voters perceived as persuadable amid a slumping economy. But the pre- and post-election polls showed that the party never really solved that fundamental problem.
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