Steve Deace

There are three important lessons we in the grassroots must learn from what happened in the Virginia governor’s race if we have any hope of saving this country from the ash-heap of history in the near future.

1. We have a diversity problem – but it’s not with Hispanics.

Yes, the Republican Party has a diversity problem, but the problem is not Hispanics and this is a problem that selling out your base and the country with scamnesty won’t come close to fixing.

The truth is among the traditional “swing states” crucial to conquering the Electoral College map, only Colorado has far more Hispanic voters than black voters. In most cases there are far more black voters than Hispanic voters. In fact, while a record number of Hispanics voted in 2012, the percentage of eligible Hispanics who voted decreased from 2008.

Based on the latest voter turnout data in those key swing states here’s the percentage of Hispanic voters compared to black voters (courtesy of NBC News and The New York Times):

  • Colorado: 14% Hispanic, 3% black
  • Florida: 17% Hispanic, 13% black
  • North Carolina: 4% Hispanic, 23% black
  • Ohio: 3% Hispanic, 15% black
  • Pennsylvania: 6% Hispanic, 13% black
  • Virginia: 4% Hispanic, 20% black

In each of those states the Democrat candidate at the top of the ticket in the last election, Barack Obama or Terry McAuliffe, received at least 90% of the black vote. If my math is correct, Ken Cuccinelli was going to need to win more than 300% of the Hispanic vote to overcome McAuliffe’s black turnout on Tuesday—a statistical impossibility.

In other words, this notion the Republican Party needs to turn the whole country into California in order to win again defies all logic and reasoning. There is simply zero data to support this. So either the people peddling this tripe are dumber than dumb, or they have another ulterior motive they don’t want to disclose.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.