May 21st, 2012
01:48 PM ET

GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'

By Halimah Abdullah, CNN

Washington (CNN) - When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Wednesday, he'll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

"The Republicans' problem is their voters are white, aging and dying off," said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who studies minority political engagement.

"There will come a time when they suffer catastrophic losses with the realization of the population changes."

Over the next several generations, the wave of minority voters - who, according to U.S. Census figures released this week, now represent more than half of the nation's population born in the past year - will become more of a power base in places like Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. That hold will extend across the Southwest all the way to California, experts say.

The coming political revolution could result in a massive changing of the guard on nearly every level of government, potential cultural clashes, and the type of political alliances that are now considered rare.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    Well hell, let's keep the human gene pool shallow, after all, Special Ed. teachers, hemophilia medication manufacturers, dentists and psycho-ward prison guards need work too...

    May 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro Fernandez

    We are all God's children, we are all human beings, race mixing will only increase, because
    after all we are all Gods children.

    You cannot undue multiculturalism, the US is on its way to become like BRAZIL a colorblind society--nothing wrong with that.
    To white people, this is what happens to you when you bring slaves, when you pillage native american lands,-–the blood of the slaves and native americans cried out loud and now will take a revenge on the white race. The white race will eventually disapear in about 80 years or so.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dduke

    Kiss civilization goodbye

    May 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alexalex

    @raceisamyth most Cubans are also white. Speaking Spanish doesn't make u brown.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NamDebra

    Hmmmm.... Does this mean that in 20-30 years or so 'white' people will be able to use the minority/race card to their benefit? Bummer...lol 😉

    May 22, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. raceisamyth

    Most Cuban immigrants are republicans

    May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |