The Changing Face of the American Voter

By Matt Porter

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 10:50 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Irma Gutierrez always watches the news in Spanish and English.

And she votes...always Democrat.

"In my point of view that the Republicans are really not concerned that with immigration," said Gutierrez, "And not concerned with the black or hispanic views. That's just my point of view."

She said the Republicans' harsh immigration policy keeps her away.

"To me the Republicans close our door, they don't even try," she said.

President Obama dominated the minority vote, winning 80 percent of them.

He beat Mitt Romney by 44 percent with Latinos.

A vote BCC political science professor Douglas Garnar said the Republicans need to court.

"Latinos had a right to be part of the big tent, this is the notion of Ronald Reagan," Garnar said, "That big tent has collapsed over the last decade."

The American voter is fundamentally changing.

The country has gone from being more than 80 percent white to just more than 60 percent today according to the Pew Research Center.

"That increasingly," Garnar said, "We will not be dominated by any single racial or ethnic group. We will be a nation of minorities."

He said the challenge for both parties will be how to campaign to such a diverse electorate.

"So the real question is how do you bring all these different groups together to wrestle with fundamental problems," he said.

For Gutierrez, she reminds politicians that it's her country too.

"As a Spanish, we also build this nation. That's my point of view," she said.

A point of view politicians aren't soon to forget.

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