Immigration Overhaul Death May Hurt Colorado GOP

June 28, 2014 1:18 AM

Immigration Overhaul Death May Hurt Colorado GOP
" DENVER (AP) — The 2014 electoral map makes it unlikely Republicans will pay an immediate political price for the recent death of an immigration overhaul bill, except in one key, perennial swing state: Colorado.

The state is home to a marquee Senate contest, a sharply competitive House race and one of the largest Hispanic populations in the nation, a group that comprises 14 percent of the state’s voters.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives declined to take any action on immigration despite a shift in fast-growing, immigrant-heavy voting blocs away from Republicans and a bipartisan Senate bill that would step up border security and provide a route to citizenship for many of the 11 million people here illegally.

The inactivity angered immigration rights supporters, but outside of Colorado the GOP faces little threat from potential backlash over the issue in the November elections.

Most Republican representatives are in districts with very small minority populations, and they had more to worry about from potential primary challengers coming from their right to oppose any action on the failed immigration proposal. Most Senate races this year are in states with small Hispanic populations, as well "

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