With 69% of Latino voters going Democratic in 2006, anti-immigration sentiment among GOP presidential hopefuls may only serve to turn off the remaining 30. Meanwhile, the Latino population is growing, especially in swing states. "Even Texas could become a swing state a couple of elections from now," the American Prospect's Paul Waldman writes.
Republican candidates, though, seem more interested in talking about building walls and making English the official language than courting the Hispanic population, a strategy that could leave a lasting scar on the party's image. Once the GOP settles on a nominee, Waldman writes, don't be surprised to see him avoid immigration in an attempt to make up ground.