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November 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

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The Republican Party soul-searching need look no farther than Bill O'Reilly

A part of the election that will fascinate political scientists, demographers and journalists for some time to come is how much the presidential race turned on America's changing demographics.

This interactive feature shows how President Obama won re-election despite losing the support of white voters by wide margins, even larger than in 2008.

The gap is part of a racial and cultural divide predicted in Pre-election polls and borne out in yesterday's turnout broken down by demographics.

The American electorate remains overwhelmingly white and Bill O'Reilly did all of them a disservice with his pre-Civil War explanation of the demographic shift and reasons why Obama won. One ridiculous assertion: the increases in minority voters spells the end of traditional America.

O'Reilly is not the only one stuck in a time warp. A top GOP strategist who helped steer the victory of President George W. Bush noted, correctly, that the GOP had become a "Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ America.”

The soul-searching among Republicans has already begun. Party leaders know that anti-immigrant stances and rabid talk about what women can and cannot do with their bodies is a non-starter for success at the ballot box. They're sorting this out. But with friends like O'Reilly, the GOP doesn't need to worry about Democrats, it needs to continue looking within.

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