Political observers say Christie is following the example of George W. Bush, who was able to unify a fractured GOP around his “compassionate conservatism” slogan in 2000. Bush captured the White House that year with 35 percent of the Latino vote, and four years later grabbed 44 percent. “He [Christie] needs to find the Bush wing of the party,” said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine who studies Latino voting trends. “Christie has a tougher road at this point because the rabid wing of the party has become more vocal and represents a higher share of the primary voters.

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