Political Analyst Says Republican Party Needs to Expand Voter Base

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Bob Roberts, a James Madison University political science professor, said that the Republican party is facing a problem because, he said, they focus primarily on white voters. He said they have to be able to expand and get some minorities.

Roberts said Mitt Romney's campaign was mostly dependent on white voters and those white voters make up 70 percent of voters in Virginia and nationally.

Although 60 percent of those targeted white voters voted for Romney, it wasn't enough.

"Obama was able to put together 40 percent of basically white voters, 99 percent of African Americans, 78 percent of Hispanic voters, and then there was a gender gap. He was able to put together about an 8 to 10 percent gender gap," said Dr. Roberts.

Dr. Roberts said that a good portion of the 40 percent of white voters, who voted for President Obama, were between the ages of 18 and 35.

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