Even though he isn’t the Vice President in waiting, Paul Ryan’s time on the spotlight may serve him well for another run in the future.
Minority voters turned out in historic numbers on election day once again.
Along with the youth, black, and female vote, Obama tapped into the Latino vote to secure his victory.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports on his capture of this growing and important voter group,” Obama won the Latino vote by about a 3-to-1 margin, clobbering Romney in states like Nevada and Colorado, and it is forcing Republicans to do some serious soul-searching regarding the issue of immigration. Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, an outspoken critic of hard-liners on immigration, said a good entry point for the GOP could come as soon as 2013 with Dream Act legislation in Congress.”
The success of any political party is its ability to mobilize and engage voters. Unfortunately for the Republican party, it might have more trouble doing this. The New York Times reports the recent changes in Congress and what that means for the party:
“In the next Congress, women and minorities will hold a majority of the Democratic Party’s House seats — white men, in other words, for the first time in history, will not make up a majority of a party’s delegation to the House. Every member of the House and Senate from New Hampshire will be a woman and the total number of female senators will jump from 15 to 20 in 2013.”
Much was made of the impact that Romney’s faith would have on his White House hopes.
The Hill reports of Romney’s broad appeal across religions,”A post-election poll by the Pew Forum showed that President George W. Bush actually garnered a higher percentage of the Mormon vote than Mitt Romney, the first major party candidate of the Mormon faith. But Romney posted substantial improvement among Jewish and Catholic voters, evidence Republican efforts to target those two demographic groups were not for naught.
While the presidential election has come to a close, the divisiveness of this campaign cycle will endure.
The WCF Courier reports on the divide between parties.
“There is not only a cultural split in the nation, there is also a very strong ideological divide. This schism is profound and should not be taken lightly by Obama supporters. I know numerous people who, in deepest sincerity, cannot fathom how any independently thinking person could have voted for Obama. It is totally incomprehensible.”WCF Courier