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To Win the White House, Republicans May Need to Double Support Among Minority Voters

A demographic math lesson from a top Republican presidential strategist.
People wait in line to vote at the Caroline High School polling station, on November 6, 2012 in Milford, Virginia.

People wait in line to vote at the Caroline High School polling station, on November 6, 2012 in Milford, Virginia.

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Here's some daunting presidential arithmetic from Whit Ayres, one of the Republican Party's top strategists in Washington: 

“Republicans have a major challenge in presidential elections,” Ayres said Tuesday in Washington during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “There's something fundamentally different about presidential electorates that my party needs to resolve in order to elect a president in 2016.”