Exit polls make clear that Republicans face an uphill battle if they hope to repair their image.
Obama dramatically outperformed Romney among Hispanics last fall, winning 71 percent of the growing demographic compared to Romney’s 27 percent. That was the GOP’s worst showing among Hispanics since 1996, according to exit polling collected by The Associated Press. It was worse among black voters, who supported Obama over Romney 93 percent to 6 percent.
The disparity is less acute among women — Obama captured 53 percent of the female vote — although two decades have passed since a Republican presidential candidate last hit the 50-percent mark with women.
This week marks the beginning of a substantive discussion, but Priebus has outlined plans to release a ‘‘Growth and Opportunity Effort’’ later in the spring that offers specific paths forward.
It’s unlikely to satisfy everyone.
‘‘There’s too many people that are either in the Republican Party wondering why they are in the Republican Party because they feel like the party isn’t representing them any longer,’’ said Nevada Republican national committeewoman Diana Orrock, a former Paul supporter who worries that grassroots supporters are being taken for granted. ‘‘Or we have people who have left the Republican Party and aren’t getting a clear message as to why they should come back into the fold.’’
‘‘We’re losing elections,’’ she said. ‘‘Something has to change.’’