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Hispanics to surpass white population in California by 2014

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 1st, 2013
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State demographers have confirmed what many have already suspected -- California's Hispanic population will equal that of whites within six months and surpass it early next year. This finding represents a milestone in the country's racial and ethnic shifts.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Population projections released by the state Department of Finance reveal that Hispanics will shortly become the dominant ethnic group in California for the first time.

Demographers say that by 2020, Hispanics will be about 41 percent of California's population, with whites less than 37 percent. The Caucasian population will fall to about 30 percent by 2060 from the current 39 percent, affecting politics and public policy in the nation's most populous state.

Caucasians currently lack a majority in only Hawaii and New Mexico. The report also notes that California's population will hit 50 million in 2049.

To reflect this growing national demographic, a team of prominent national Republicans, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will gather in Miami to begin mapping out GOP outreach to Hispanics for the 2014 elections.

Organized by the Hispanic Leadership Network, the conservative outside group focused on broadening the GOP's relevancy among Hispanic Americans.

One strategist involved in the session has likened it to a preliminary "gathering of the minds" focused on "the importance of Hispanics, looking forward to 2014 and beyond."

The defeat of republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has many within the GOP to rethink its policy for racial minorities. National exit polls showed President Barack Obama winning 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, exceeding even his 36-point victory margin with Hispanics over John McCain in 2008.

Overall there has been a need for Republicans to improve their standing with Hispanic voters. A survey detailing the depth of Republican problems with Hispanic voters has been released, and has offered suggestions to bridge this gap.

The survey found that in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, big majorities of Hispanic voters said Republicans don't "respect the values and concerns of the Hispanic community."

"Republicans face some major challenges among Hispanic Americans, problems that will not be resolved just by passing immigration reform legislation. Years of harsh rhetoric and punitive policies will not be undone overnight. Fixing a broken immigration system is necessary but not sufficient to make Republicans competitive in the Hispanic community," the polling analysis concluded.

"But resolving those problems is imperative if Republicans hope to remain a competitive force in national politics."

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