As the fight over immigration heats up on Capitol Hill, some national observers are noting the exit polling indicating Gov. Sam Brownback received 47 percent of the Latino vote when he won re-election this month, compared with 46 percent for Democrat Paul Davis. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal equaled Brownback’s success rate, while Texas Gov-elect Greg Abbott took 43 percent of the Hispanic vote. “Nationally, the GOP won 36 percent of Hispanic voters, up from Mitt Romney’s 27 percent share in 2012,” wrote former Bush operative Karl Rove, calling Brownback’s exit polls among those “encouraging for the GOP.” Observed columnist Linda Chavez, a Reagan staffer: “If Republicans can do this well in 2016, the White House will be winnable.” – Rhonda Holman
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