Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A task force charged with identifying winning political strategies and broadening the GOP's appeal with minority voters will deliver its recommendations in March to the Republican National Committee on what steps the party needs to take going forward.
"We have real challenges and we did get whipped," in the 2012 election, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour said at the RNC's Winter Meeting in Charlotte. "That is not something we take lightly."
Barbour is one of five Republicans heading up the "Growth and Opportunity Project," a panel created last month by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus following a presidential election in which Democrats held onto the White House, added to their majority in the Senate and gained ground in the House. The GOP's performance with minorities was particularly disturbing to party leaders, especially Asian and Hispanic voters.
There was somber acknowledgment from the five member task force that the GOP needs to do a much better job cultivating minority voters and selling Republican ideals and policies in those communities.
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