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'Non-white' vote hurting GOP in elections

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Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney had a poor showing Tuesday among women and minorities. The GOP is regrouping as the non-white vote appears to be becoming a bigger factor in elections.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — According to a Reuters poll, President Obama was re-elected in large part thanks to how well he did with women, young people, and especially minorities. He captured nearly 80-percent of non-white votes. Romney won about 57-percent of the white vote.

"May have been the last election where you could almost win the presidency by appealing to only white voters," political scientist Jim Battista said.

Although Battista said these cross sections of America generally vote with Democrats, he said Obama did a good job of getting them to the polls both in 2008 and 2012.

"It's not obvious that whomever the next Democratic candidate is will inherit the same ability to motivate voters," Battista said.

He said Republicans could win the election in 2016 by appealing mainly to white voters, but says broad demographic changes are here to stay.

"It looks like there's going to be something of a war for the soul of the Republican Party," he said.

"Now it's time to destroy the Republican establishment in America. They've got to go. It's time to get back to the basics and reform the Republican party," former New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said.

Paladino said Romney lost because he didn't represent many of the people in his party.

"The Republican Party should be representing the working man of America and should be looking to protect their interests," he said.

He said he's not surprised by polls showing millions of Republican and Tea Party voters stayed home Tuesday.

"I respect them because they wanted change," Paladino said. "They wanted real change and Romney wasn't talking their language. Romney was talking the language of the elitist."

Paladino said the GOP can do better with the non-white vote by embracing the middle class.

"The Hispanics voted against Romney because Romney advocated for the one percent instead of the 99 percent," he said.

But Battista and Paladino said any change in the Republican Party starts at the local level.

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