November 23, 2014
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters.
Romney also cites as a reason for his loss the president's effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant.
In a call Wednesday to those donors, Romney said Obama's campaign focused on giving targeted groups what he called "a big gift" while his campaign had been about, in his words, "big issues for the whole country."
Romney says his loss to Obama is a disappointing result that he and his team didn't expect, but he says he believes his team ran a superb campaign. In the call, he didn't acknowledge any major missteps. Obama won by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent.