Florida’s new wild card: Puerto Ricans

October 24, 2012

The Washington Post's Joel Achenbach explores the Puerto Rican community in Florida, a bloc of swing voters who are rapidly catching up to Cuban-Americans in numbers (if not yet in political clout).In Florida, the number of Puerto Ricans is exploding -- there are nearly 900,000 Puerto Ricans in the state. The Puerto Rican population in Central Florida alone is around 300,000, roughly double what it was a decade ago. And many of those voters are up for grabs: 

Puerto Ricans in Central Florida are divided into two distinct voting groups. Roughly half are “Nuyoricans” and other Northeasterns who have migrated south to retire or reestablish themselves. They are more likely to be longtime Democrats. The other half have come here directly from the island. They’re less predictable politically.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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