By Danny Vinik (Politico) –
Can a Republican win the White House in 2016 without cultivating black and Hispanic voters? After Mitt Romney lost in the 2012 election, mainstream Republicans vowed that the party would—must—do better with minority groups in 2016. But a few months into the campaign, the candidates appear to be competing to offer the most conservative immigration plan possible, led by celebrity businessman Donald Trump.
Candidates in the Democratic primary have been forced to grapple with other issues important to minority voters: protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement have interrupted speeches by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Gov. Martin O’Malley, and had a tense meeting with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. By the time the general election come around, will Republicans have developed ideas that appeal to minorities?
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