Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race

by Mary Jordan | The Washington Post  |  published on July 26, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Florida — Puerto Rico’s economic crisis meant Jeffrey Rondon, 25, struggled to find even part-time work, so he recently joined the growing exodus from his Caribbean island to Florida. Now he holds a full-time restaurant job and something that could upend the 2016 presidential election — the right to vote in Florida, the biggest of all swing states.

“It’s important to vote and be heard — it’s a privilege,” said Rondon, who is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans who have moved to Florida in the past year.

As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans are relatively easy to register to vote, and they are attracting unprecedented attention because they could change the political calculus in a state that President Obama won by the thinnest of margins in 2012: 50 percent to 49.1 percent.

  • Dodie1990

    90% or more Puerto Ricans are Democrat. Welcome to mainland and Pres. Hillary. The Republicans let them keep coming and wonder why they lose elections. Most Hispanics are in favor of Democrats and amnesty for the illegals. Democrats have rewarded them with lavish government benefits and no threat of deportation and amnesty which will allow more free benefits. Wonder why they vote Democrat?

  • KentS

    “Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race”

    …bringing a failed socio-economic system to a country near you.

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