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Why GOP struggles to make inroads with California Hispanics

A new poll shows that Republican candidates for governor and Senate in California are still far behind their Democratic opponents among Hispanic voters.

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California Republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman visited a Latino business in South Gate, Calif., on June 24.

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A new poll suggests that Republicans in California have made little progress in making inroads into America's fastest growing voting bloc: Latinos.

Results of the poll show the problem could cost them in California races for Senate and the governor's office.

In the race for US Senate, Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer holds a 38-point lead over Republican Carly Fiorina among Latino voters, according to a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll released over the weekend.

The same poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown enjoying a 19-point margin over Republican challenger Meg Whitman. Experts and activists say the Republican stance on immigration is to blame.

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