The demographics of America are shifting, just as they are in Britain. This year is set to be the first time in recent history when the majority of babies born in the US will be to families of ethnic minority. That means that in the future, the so called minority will become the majority. It is the same pattern in Britain where it is predicted that the Muslim population will double in 20 years to 5.5 millions, 8% of the total.
Obama’s share of the white voters may have declined but that was more than made up for by the increasing hispanic vote. Romney, on the other hand took a hard line on immigrants by saying that they should leave the country. That may have pleased some of the white voters but clearly not the 24 million Hispanic voters.