CHICAGO-- Former Gov. Jim Edgar says his fellow Republicans do a great job of appealing to their base. Their problem, he says, is there are not enough people in their base.
“Republicans didn’t do well with Hispanics” last week, Edgar says, “and they didn’t do well with women – particularly single women. And that’s not new, but it’s getting to be more and more of a problem, because, particularly, the Hispanics are growing, and the number of single women apparently are growing, and they’re not voting Republican.”
Edgar was part of a panel that conducted an autopsy on the election today (Tuesday) in Springfield.
Edgar says it was a sign of trouble for his party when President Obama won in suburban and Downstate counties in Illinois, areas which previously had been dependably Republican. He adds that Obama’s shortcomings among Hispanic voters nationally were more than offset by Romney’s problems there.
Edgar’s advice to Republicans is to be more moderate, and stop nominating candidates – such as U.S. Senate losers Richard Mourdock of Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri – who make nonsensical remarks about rape.