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Since the November election, in which U.S. President Barack Obama won huge majorities among minority voters, it’s been taken as gospel that the Republican Party must, for its own survival, seek to appeal to those groups by moving to the left on topics such as immigration reform. But as the nation becomes more diverse, the demographic shift can cut the other way, too: Some Democratic voters are likely to move to the right.

It’s assumed that, as the United States becomes increasingly nonwhite, white Democrats will continue to support the party. But a substantial amount of social-science evidence suggests a different conclusion: As the U.S. becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, liberal whites might start leaning Republican.

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