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Marco Rubio says the Republican party—89% white—is “the party of diversity”

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Marco Rubio—part of only 6% of Republican voters.
  • Jake Flanagin
By Jake Flanagin

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During the CNN/Telemundo debate on Feb. 25, Florida senator Marco Rubio proclaimed the Republican party “the party of diversity.”

With two Cuban Americans (Rubio and Ted Cruz) and one African American (Ben Carson) on the stage, “We are the party of diversity, not the Democrats,” he declared.

But as Slate’s Jamelle Bouie noted on Twitter, the numbers don’t add up. Roughly only 11% of the GOP is made up of minority voters, while 30% of independent and 40% of Democrats identify as racial minorities, according to the latest Gallup nationwide poll.

RepublicansIndependentsDemocrats
Non-Hispanic white89%70%60%
Non-Hispanic black2%8%22%
Hispanic6%16%13%
Asian1%3%2%
Other1%1%1%
Undesignated1%2%2%

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