A new poll reveals that if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) runs for President in 2016, he could do something the GOP has been struggling to do for decades — win the Hispanic vote.
Despite that achievement, however, Rubio would still lose in a head-to-head matchup with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Washington Examiner reports. Clinton would win 46 percent of the votes, with Rubio only snagging 23 percent.
But Rubio’s prospective win with Hispanics, 48 percent to 34 percent against Clinton, is of major importance to the GOP. The Party has struggled to seem relatable to Hispanic voters, with President Obama taking 67 percent in 2008 and 70 percent in 2012.
“I have been one to suggest that the Hispanic vote could be hopeless for the GOP,” said John Zogby, senior analyst of Zobgy Analytics, the company that conducted the poll. “But maybe not?”
A senior GOP official told The Examiner that if Rubio won the Hispanic vote, ”then he can win the presidency.”
Rubio, one of the ‘Gang of Eight‘ pushing for immigration reform, is already considered to be somewhat of the Party favorite heading toward the 2016 presidential election. But the Florida Senator is consistently polling worse that Clinton, so he still has a long way to go if he wants to capture the presidency.
The poll was conducted Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 among 857 likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.
(h/t The Washington Examiner)