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Albert R. Hunt

Hoist a Glass, Democrats. Demographic Destiny Is Back.

Republicans got clobbered on Nov. 6 in House districts with a lot of nonwhite voters. Expect more of the same.



Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm election this month by dominating the suburbs in every region of the country. That phenomenon has been amply analyzed since Nov. 6. Less remarked upon but just as important is the drubbing the Republican Party took in places with significant numbers of nonwhite voters.

In districts where the voting-age population is more than one-quarter nonwhite, Democrats won 15 Republican-held seats, or almost 40 percent of their 39-seat gain nationally. Of the 100 largest nonwhite districts, Republicans now hold only seven. Of the top 200, Democrats hold 154.