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Obama wins Latino vote, Michiana Reacts


Tuesday night's loss has Republicans doing some soul-searching, about how the changing face of America gave President Obama the edge in the race for the White House.

Now, some in the GOP are asking what do they need to do to win over Latino voters.

At a Latino night at Goshen High School Wednesday evening one voter told FOX 28, Latinos are more empowered now than ever to get involved in the political process.

One of the reasons Miguel Millan says he voted for President Obama is for the very reason he and other Latinos gathered at Goshen High School for College night: Education.

The college night gave high school students a chance to look at their college options.

Millan says access to education and financial aid is something the Democrats offered that he felt Republicans didn't

He also says the Democratic Party in general makes him feel more like the American citizen he is than the Republican Party does.

"I think the Republican Party needs to change its bills to the minorities. It's not the same country that it used to be. We're more educated and we care more about our community," says Millan.

On a national scale, Romney had 59 percent of the white vote.

Obama dominated everywhere else with 93 percent of the African American vote and 71 percent of the Latino vote.

Census figures show the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010.   

Whites grew by only 5.7 percent during the same period.

Those numbers can't be ignored and now, Republicans acknowledge that they need to reach out to Latino voters.

"Things that Republicans need to listen to in terms of what blacks and Hispanics believe, what they want in candidates and so on. I think if Republicans don't start listening to that, it's going to be a long time before they win," says Alfred Regnery with The Paul Revere Project.

Republicans are pinning their hopes on the younger up and coming stars of the GOP: Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and newly elected Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

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