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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:51 PM

RNC Memo Cites Demographics, Bush, Sandy In Romney Loss [View all]

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Mitt Romney isn’t the only Republican trying to puzzle out President Obama’s victory. An internal memo from the RNC credited an array of factors with boosting the president’s re-election, including demographic changes and lingering resentment of George W. Bush.
The memo, which was obtained by NBC News and reportedly presented to Republican senators this week, uses the same exit poll data available to the major news outlet and other subscribers to the data set. And its conclusions are mostly in line with party strategist’s assessments from both sides.

The most fundamental factor behind Obama’s win: “Demographic change is real,” as the report puts it. The memo estimates 3 in 10 voters will be minorities in 2016, up from 28% in 2012, a proportion that was much higher than what Romney pollsters claim they expected on Election Day.

In a section titled “What Happened?” the memo pointed to high turnout in swing states, especially among young voters, Latinos, and African Americans, as a decisive blow. In Florida, for example, it noted that “238,000 more Hispanic voters participated than in 2008 and Obama got 60% of Hispanics.”

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