I'm proud to be a conservative, and my interests certainly do not always align with the Republican Party. However, it's gratifying to see that the Republicans are serious about diversity and actually have a more diverse set of statewide office-holders than the Democrats.

This is why it might surprise you to hear that Republicans are by far the more diverse party when it comes to statewide elected officials such as senators and governors. On this front, they leave Democrats in the dust. And that's why the GOP actually has a greater depth of diversity on their potential presidential bench looking to 2016 and beyond.

It's counterintuitive but true. Numbers don't lie. Let's start with a look at the governors, the traditional launching pad of presidential ambitions.

Among the Republican ranks is Brian Sandoval, the Hispanic governor of Nevada. The 49-year-old former federal judge took on a corrupt conservative incumbent and is now racking up an impressive reform record in his first term. Likewise, there is New Mexico's Gov. Susana Martinez, a former district attorney who remains popular in her state despite an otherwise Democratic tide.

How many Hispanic governors do the Democrats have in office? Zero.

As James Taranto notes, this isn't "counterintuitive", it just runs against common stereotypes of Republicans. Republicans and conservatives are not racist or sexist.

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