By Robert Schlesinger
It's been widely and justly repeated over the last few weeks that the protracted GOP presidential primary process hurt Mitt Romney's general election chances. An interesting panel at the Bipartisan Policy Center on the demographics of 2012 provided some data to back up that notion.
Ruy Teixeira, a progressive demographic expert with the Center for American Progress, among other places, pointed to a recent Pew poll that had President Obama leading among Hispanics by a 68-23 margin, which is a larger proportion than he won by in 2008. "I'm not saying Hispanics are gone in this election, there's plenty of time for Romney to try to readjust," he said. "But I do think some damage was probably done by the Republican primary process, and the not too friendly things that were said about immigrants and immigration reform by all the candidates, including Romney."
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