McDonnell: GOP Needs to Appeal More to Hispanic and Women Voters

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Republican Party must find a way to deliver its core political message and broaden the base of voters who are willing to support GOP candidates.

Interviewed on “CBS This Morning” the morning after voters re-elected Democratic President Barack Obama, McDonnell said Republicans have a very good message for “people of all stripes” about entrepreneurship, small business and opportunity.

Asked what the Republican party needs to do to appeal better to Hispanic and women voters, McDonnell said the GOP needs to find ways to appeal them before the election and “tell them why our message is better.”

“We obviously didn’t do it that well in the battleground states this time,” he said. “We’re going to find a way to do that much better.”

Said McDonnell of Tuesday’s results: “We are going to digest this over time.”

Exit polls show Obama was propelled to a narrow victory over Republican Mitt Romney with strong support from blacks, Latinos and women. Obama also won McDonnell’s state of Virginia.

COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS: D.C. | Md. | Va.

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