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Updated Mar 18, 2013 - 10:29 am

GOP will have hands full with pitch to minority voters

PHOENIX -- The Republican party's plan to attract minority voters isn't going to be effective, in the opinion of a Valley political analyst.

KTAR political analyst Mike O'Neil said the $10 million outreach campaign is a drop in the bucket and likely won't work because the party remains fractured on immigration reform.

O'Neil said some party members are hostile to the issue. Mitt Romney took less than 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in November's presidential election.

"This feels like a futile effort until they decide on a policy level what they want to do. This won't be overcome with a six-month public relations campaign because their problems run far, far deeper."

O'Neil said it could take decades for the GOP to build trust with minority voters, if ever.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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