Uniting Demographic Divisions

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No other place in the world has such a diverse population as America’s; there are over 311 languages and about 310 recognized religions in the US. It is this diversity that makes America what it is and, at the same time, creates the challenges it faces. With so much diversity and different interests, it is difficult for presidential candidates to appeal to everyone, therefore the process is selective. While some may argue that money and campaign finance is driving force in politics, the result from recent elections show that just having money isn’t enough to win the office. Because America has such a divided demography, it is crucial that aspiring candidates pay attention to public opinion as it is the single most important thing in identifying with voters. Over the years, some presidential candidates have been successful at influencing segments of the electorate while others have failed. The candidates who succeeded were successful at taking the demographic division into consideration and carefully selecting who they need to appeal to in order to gather majority of the Electoral College votes. Those who failed in their bid for presidency underestimated the power of public opinion and their platform lacked the ability to unite different demographics.
The 2008 presidential election consisted of a diverse set of candidates. First, there was Barack Obama, a black Senator from Illinois, running against John McCain, a military hero. This contrast made up for a very interesting election; Obama was criticized for being too young and inexperienced, while McCain was criticized for being too old and disconnected with this generation. Obama’s running mate was Joe Biden, the chatty Senator from Delaware and McCain’s running mate was Sarah...

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...t low-income Americans were all Democrats; when in reality, those who most depend on the government live in Republican states and often Republican counties. Romney became viewed as an elitist who was only concerned with making the rich richer, with that, the image of Bush 43 came to people’s minds and with that, people began to recall the economic recession.
The growing disconnect between Republicans and the diverse American electorate, continues to evade the Republican Party’s agenda. The Republican Party no longer reflects U.S. society; the rise in minority voters reveals how much the United States has changed from 25 years ago when the electorate was 90 percent white. As the country becomes more diverse racially, these demographic changes will spell trouble for the Republican Party if it remains on in its current trajectory of only trying to appeal to Whites.
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