Republicans aren't dead yet, though some would have you think so. Since President Barack Obama soundly beat Mitt Romney, there's been no shortage of "wither GOP" stories examining shifting demographics that will supposedly doom Republicans going forward. But a look at the national political landscape shows the GOP can be competitive again.
Look no further than statehouses, where, come January, Republicans will have 30 governorships, or 60 percent of the overall total. Among them are Latino western Latinos, Govs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and New Mexico's Susana Martinez. That helps undercut the argument that Republicans can't attract many Latinos to the party.
Then there's the House of Representatives, which Republicans will still control in 2013, though by a reduced margin. Also, Democrats made some of their biggest 2012 House gains in deep blue states. Smart Politics points out that about 30% of House Democratic seats will come from California and New York. That makes for a fairly regional Democratic party.
And yes, Republicans need to diversify their base of support to win at the national level. In 2012 whites made up 72% of the electorate, down from 87% two decades before. But that's still 72%. If the 2016 Republican nominee can do somewhat better among Latinos and women, develop a better get-out-the-vote operation and nominate a better candidate than Mitt Romney, it could be a competitive race.
Politix Analysis and via Smart Politics.