The Panthers And The GOP Field Of Hopefuls Have Something In Common

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An attendee wears a Carolina Panthers hat while waiting for the arrival of Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, during a Super Bowl watch party in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rubio, who was starting to finally coalesce the party's anti-Trump vote, was flummoxed in the make-or-break New Hampshire debate by criticism from rivals that he's over-programmed. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
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An attendee wears a Carolina Panthers hat while waiting for the arrival of Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, during a Super Bowl watch party in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rubio, who was starting to finally coalesce the party’s anti-Trump vote, was flummoxed in the make-or-break New Hampshire debate by criticism from rivals that he’s over-programmed. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 12, 2016: Millions across the US and around the world tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50 Sunday, many of them Carolina Panthers fans hoping for a big win by their team and MVP Cam Newton. Instead, all of the hype and buildup led to the Panthers being pounded and dabbed by the Denver Broncos and fans sorely disappointed and saddened at the major loss.

But as I, like many Panthers fans woke up Monday morning still with the bitter taste of defeat in my mouth, I decided to turn my mind from sports to politics and look at the latest voting statistics on ethnic voters for 2016 from the Pew Center.

Then it hit me like a Denver defensive tackle! There definitely are some major similarities between the Panthers loss and the GOP loss that is imminent.

While the Panthers and their fans are coping with the loss now, the Republican Party and their own supporters and fans had better prepare because in just a matter of months they too will be forced to swallow a similar pill of bitter defeat again in the Presidential elections.

As the sons of immigrant refugees – Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio –continue to bash each other on the political field to prove who is toughest on immigration – a look at the Electoral College data from the Washington Post is telling.

It shows that Democrats quite simply have more electoral votes “in the bank” and need to win fewer swing states than Republicans do. And then the ethnic voting bloc is stirred into the pot and that tips the scale further along in favor of the Democratic Party.

Here are the facts that should make Republicans think twice of the hate they are spewing against immigrants and immigration reform!

Nearly one-in-three eligible voters on Election Day will be Hispanic, black, Asian or another racial or ethnic minority. Much of this change is due to strong growth among Hispanic eligible voters, in particular U.S.-born youth – a group that is very interested in immigration reform and appalled by the bigotry and hate being spewed by the right on Mexicans, immigrants and immigration.

There are 27.3 million Hispanic eligible voters alone projected for 2016 according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

That’s right!

A projected 11.9 million Hispanic Millennials will be eligible to vote this year.  There will be 9.9 million eligible black youth voters and 2.9 million Asian youth voters.

Racial ethnic minorities in total will account for 43 percent of new eligible voters born in the U.S. who turned 18.

Meanwhile, the White share of the electorate has fallen from 71 percent in 2012 to 69 percent now.  Worst, while the Democrats’ coalition of non-white, young and well-educated voters continues to expand every election, Republicans’ coalition of white, older and less-educated voters keeps shrinking according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

And here’s the final kicker that will take out the Republicans like a Denver bolt – voting turnout in the ethnic populations is growing while White turnout is down.

These combined factors spell a Super win for Democrats in November leaving the GOP crying and sullen like Cam Newton and the Panthers! Watch out Marco and Ted – running too far away from your roots will lead to nothing but pain as immigrants voters start “dabbing” and “pounding!”

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The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.