Florida is essentially a different state every four years. It has gone from sub-tropical swampland to being the fourth most populous state in the union, soon to be the third. There are now nearly 900,000 Puerto Ricans in the state. They are rapidly catching up, at least in raw numbers, to the long-established Cuban American community that many people think of when they think of Hispanics in Florida. Here’s a look at some Hispanic voters in Florida.
Oct. 17, 2012 Omal Garcia, 27, and Wanda Vazquez, 55, dance in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn in Kissimmee, Fla., a largely Hispanic city in Osceola County. Some Kissimmee residents are having a hard time finding employment in the tourist town, while others are making minimum wage at some of the service industry jobs. Garcia and Vazquez are living in the hotel because it is cheaper than apartments and houses in the area. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post Buy Photo