And Obama enjoyed a 58-percentage point advantage among non-white voters, allowing him to overcome his 18-point deficit with Romney among white voters.
There also appears to be a growing consensus around the immigration issue. Almost three-quarters of Latinos said employed undocumented immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status while 22 percent said they should be deported to their home country. A smaller, but still significant majority of all voters (64 percent) favored a path to legal status for employed undocumented immigrants while 29 percent said they should be deported, according to exit polls.
Previewing what will likely be a lengthy internal debate in the Republican Party, politicos on both sides Tuesday said that the party needs to fix its Latino problem before it can win the White House again.
"They took on the most extreme position in terms of self-deportation," San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the Democratic convention, said on NBC. "They alienated the Hispanic community more than they alienated them in quite a while."
Castro said that the GOP "ought to do a real gut check on this."
Florida GOP operative Ana Navarro tweeted this after the race was called for Obama: "Mitt Romney self-deported himself from the White House."