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Redistricting never turns out how you think it will, warned Michael Davis, vice president of political programs for the Washington D.C.-based Business and Industry PAC.
One demographic could trump lines drawn on a map, here and across the nation – immigration reform.
“Republicans are in trouble with Hispanics,” Davis said, and in the last five years, Hispanics have outpaced every other group in population growth – by large margins. “Every year for the next 20 years, there will be 500,000 new Hispanic voters turning 18. It will play a large, deciding vote in elections.”
In New Mexico that increase was 16 percent and in Texas, 20 percent. Davis predicts Texas will be a blue state by 2020.
When Republicans talk about immigration reform, “the tone is extremely harsh, and it’s driving away Hispanics,” Davis said. Immigration reform “must stop being a litmus test” for candidates, and that requires a solution.
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