Jan 13, 2011 10:35 AM by Bea Karnes
MIAMI (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will help lead a Republican group's efforts to improve the party's outreach to Hispanic voters in preparation for the 2012 presidential election.
The new Hispanic Action Network is part of a growing number of Republican organizations reaching out to Hispanics and it has powerful support.
The group is meeting Thursday and Friday in Miami. It is backed by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, whose American Action Network funneled more than $30 million in campaign money to Republicans in about 30 congressional races last year.
With the Latino population growing in swing states such as Nevada, Colorado and Florida, Republicans need to chip away at Hispanics' overall 2-1 preference for Democrats.