“Recruitment of Latinos by the GOP does seem to be an uphill battle,” says Stephen Nuno, a political scientist at Northern Arizona University. “But the good news for the GOP is that … this gap in trust can be bridged.”
Not at all, says Stephen Nuño, who teaches politics at Northern Arizona University. “First, appealing to Latinos has a spillover effect in appealing to moderate and independent voters,” says Nuño. ”Second, even small percentages can give you an edge – President Obama won Indiana by one percentage point in 2008.” And third, Nuño says a culture of openness in an early campaign can help candidates when they try to appeal to Latinos in larger states.
Stephen Nuño, a professor at Northern Arizona University who is writing a book on Latinos and the Republican party and who has written in The Americano, a website co-founded by Gingrich, says that “like Reagan and the Bush family, Newt Gingrich has made a calculation that Latinos need to be an essential component of the future of the GOP.”
Stephen A. Nuno, a professor at Northern Arizona University, summed up the poll results by stating, “Overall, the story is that the assimilation model is more helpful and less harmful among Democrats and Independents, while the criminal model is only marginally helpful but relatively more harmful among Republicans.
Perhaps the most imperative news for the GOP today is that even Latino Republicans are strongly supportive of candidates who favor the assimilation model, while a significant amount of Latino Republicans are less likely to support candidates who promote the criminal model,” Nuno said, noting that the “current Republican position on immigration coming from the primary candidates will not only garner almost no advantage among whites as discussed above, but risks further isolating the party from a key demographic group like Latinos.