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GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'

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GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'

By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
updated 10:13 AM EDT, Mon May 21, 2012
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New majority: Minority babies
  • Births of nonwhites have now overtaken births of whites, according to the U.S. Census
  • Republicans face uphill battle in persuading Latinos to vote for their candidates
  • Shift is most pronounced in the South and Southwest

Washington (CNN) -- When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Wednesday, he'll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

"The Republicans' problem is their voters are white, aging and dying off," said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who studies minority political engagement.

"There will come a time when they suffer catastrophic losses with the realization of the population changes."

Over the next several generations, the wave of minority voters -- who, according to U.S. Census figures released this week, now represent more than half of the nation's population born in the past year -- will become more of a power base in places like Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. That hold will extend across the Southwest all the way to California, experts say.

The coming political revolution could result in a massive changing of the guard on nearly every level of government, potential cultural clashes, and the type of political alliances that are now considered rare.

by on May. 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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by on May. 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

 It's actually true. Problem is, Blacks and Hispanics have always and continue to have more babies (whether or not they can afford it) than Whites.  Because there are increasing numbers of minorties(which is a misnomer; Whites have been losing the majority for years.)This also means there are more families with children on the dole ( go ahead get upset and scream racism). The truth sometimes hurts.  Minorities may not be the largest percent of people on welfare yet ( it comes with being the majority) they are the groups that have the most single parent households and less college educated thus prone to needing government help of some kind. This makes them prime candidates to be swept into liberalism.  Face it, the gimme generation is nipping at our heels. 

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