By Melissa Daniels, PA Independent
In the Republican Party, it’s the young crowd that’s pushing for diversity, a hot topic after last year’s elections.
Pew Research found a majority of Republican voters of all ages think the party could be more successful in national elections with more women and minority candidates, a view held by a larger share of voters 18 to 39.
About 64 percent of voters in that age group think more women nominees would help the GOP fare better in national elections, compared to 46 percent of voters 40 or older who share that view.
And about 68 percent of younger Republican voters think more racial and ethnic minorities would help the party, versus 49 percent of those 40 and older.
Young voters with an open mind about the types of candidates they’d like to see means parties may adjust their selections to win over this ever-growing demographic. But as a report from the College Republicans, ”Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” concludes, it’s about more than just fitting the mold.
“To shed the brand of being old-fashioned, the GOP need not just find young candidates who can make pop culture references with ease,” the report said. “Instead, candidates need to be able to show that they understand the problems young people face when it comes to economic opportunity and have a plan to break down the barriers that are standing in their way.”
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