S.C. Voters Want More GOP Minority Outreach
Republican voters in South Carolina think their party should make a special effort to reach out to black and Hispanic voters during this election. Too bad then that candidates seem to be doing just the opposite.
Republican front-runners, including Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, have skipped debates courting both black and Hispanic voters. They passed up an invitation by Univision, the country's largest Spanish-language network, to discuss the Hispanic community's issues. Then they ducked an invite to debate on concerns specific to black voters at a forum hosted by commentator Tavis Smiley at Morgan State University. Minority voters in both those groups have largely voted for Democrats in past elections.
But, in racially diverse South Carolina, the Republican base knows the party needs to shore up its ranks. A survey out tonight of 522 voters in South Carolina's Republican primary by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. and the state's ETV television and radio network found that 66 percent of voters think that the party should make a special effort to reach out to blacks and Hispanics. Only 47 percent of those respondents think the party is doing already doing enough.
Is anyone at RNC headquarters listening?
Washington Post editors
November 2, 2007; 2:00 PM ET
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