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Florida Republican Rep. Allen West’s concession Tuesday makes it official: The 2012 election was a disaster for the GOP’s efforts to diversify the face of the party.
We really didn't need Allen West's concession to figure that out, but thanks for the confirmation all the same.
Feel free to lay it out for us anyway, though:
The number of African-American Republicans in Congress, which stood to double thanks to several highly competitive candidates, was instead cut in half.
In a year when a record number of Hispanics were elected to Congress, Republicans also ended up losing two of their already small contingent
In addition, the party failed to elect one of its most promising Hispanic candidates, former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, and saw GOP Gov. Luis Fortuño defeated in Puerto Rico.
In the Senate, which will have a record number of women next year, the number of female Republican senators declined by one.
Do I see a trend happening here?
Hold up... Not so fast...
Behold, the good news:
There was one promising sign this year for the GOP amid the lost opportunities: The election of Ted Cruz to an open Texas Senate seat. His victory means the party now boasts Hispanic senators in two of the nation’s largest states (the other is Florida’s Marco Rubio).
So that's two Hispanic senators, now. But wait, there's more:
Since the GOP can also point to two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none), Republicans are now arguably better positioned than Democrats to put a Hispanic on the presidential ticket in 2016.
So there you have it.
Nevermind the significant losses in non-white-male Republicans in congress recently, because the GOP has two, count 'em, two Hispanic governors, and Democrats have none.
Besides, the Republican Party's positions on immigration and women's reproductive rights, not to mention their warm embrace of our first African American president, don't count. Or something.
So relax, Arguably Better Positioned Republican Party, with two Hispanic governors and Marco Rubio to choose from in 2016, you totally got this.