… Two things have happened over the last 20 years in the U.S. First, the non-white population has grown. The white, non-Hispanic population has shrunken to about 65% today from about 75% in 1990. Second, and crucial for national elections, that population has grown in states that are also growing.
That means the influx of minority voters has an amplified effect on presidential politics. It’s not just that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney only won 6% of the African American vote, 27% of the Hispanic votes and 26% of the Asian vote; it’s where those voters are. …
The takeaway is this: States with faster-growing non-white populations are going to be increasingly important in presidential politics. And this is where the game actually gets tricky for the Republican Party. [cont.]
Dante Chinni, Wall Street Journal