People listen as Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Macon

Republicans come up short in search for diverse voters in 2016 election

People listen as Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in MaconBy Maurice Tamman and Emily Stephenson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten months before the United States elects a new president, the Republican Party has yet to resolve a problem that its leaders said contributed to Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss to Barack Obama: a lack of support among Hispanic and younger voters. The percentage of Republicans among those likely to vote in the Nov. 8, 2016, election lags Democrats by 9 percentage points, compared with a 6-point deficit in the year leading up to Obama’s 2012 victory, according to an analysis of Reuters/Ipsos polling data from 2012 and 2015. In 2012, 93 percent of voters who identified as members of a particular party cast a ballot for that party’s presidential candidate, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found.

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