According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Mitt Romney’s problem with black voters is even worse than he thought. The poll found that the GOP candidate is capturing the support ZERO percent of black voters, losing to President Obama 94 percent to zip.
While Republicans typically fail to capture broad African-American support, past GOP candidates like George W. Bush were able to garner support from black voters. One problem may be the fact that Romney’s campaign has done little outreach to minority communities. Aside from his speech at the NAACP convention, which received a tepid response and even some boos, Romney’s campaign has failed to reach out to black voters or even show the former Massachusetts governor interacting with people of color on the campaign trail.
Romney’s showing among Latino voters is also abysmal. Polling suggests he is losing the Hispanic vote to President Obama by a 2 to 1 margin, a gap he needs to close in order to win crucial swing states.
These numbers come just a week before Republicans head to Tampa for their convention and officially nominate Romney as their presidential candidate. Despite hoping to gain a bounce from tapping Paul Ryan as his V.P. pick, Romney still trails President Obama—48 percent to 44 percent—among registered voters.