Poor Mittens Romneybot. All his boyish heart wants and desires is simply to be the leader of the free world, elected President of the United States as God and nature and that lush head of hair intended. But no matter how hard he tries, no one seems to like him. Not far right social conservatives. Not female moderates. And especially not Latino voters. Que lastima.
According to new polling data, while in prior elections, Latinos tended to vote Democrat but still through considerable support behind Republican candidates. In 2004, for example, Latinos voted for Kerry over Bush at about a 60/40 ratio. But this current crop of candidates has even red-leaning Latino American turning blue en masse; Mitt Romney's support among them stands at a pitiful 14%.
His competitors don't fare any better. Rick "Puerto Ricans Need to Talk American" Santorum enjoys the same tween levels of support as his robotic millionaire competitor, and Newt Gingrich has support of about 14% of the Latino voting population in a theoretical matchup with the President.
Mother Jones speculates that the mass exodus of Latino support for GOP Presidential candidates can be traced back to the completely batty and xenophobic anti-immigration laws passed in states where Tea Party shouted the loudest. Whatever the cause, over the course of the last 8 years, the Latinos have dramatically abandoned the GOP.
Hispanics Hate the Republican Party [Mother Jones]