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Influx of Puerto Ricans to Florida Could Sway Political Landscape

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By    |   Friday, 06 October 2017 12:30 PM

It's possible that 100,000 angry and frustrated Puerto Ricans relocating to Florida could have a significant impact on how the state votes in the midterm and 2020 elections, The Washington Post reported.

And with about a million residents of Puerto Rican descent already living in Florida, that might not spell good news for re-election efforts of President Donald Trump, who won the swing state's third largest electoral votes by a mere 120,000 last year, the Post reports.

Trump is at the center of Puerto Ricans' ire over his response to their storm-ravaged island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

"All politics is about motivation, and at this point, the Hispanic community here is extremely motivated against Trump," Anthony Suarez, the first Puerto Rican elected to the Florida House in 1999, told the Post.

"I hope that folks realize that this influx is coming," Luis Martinez-Fernandez, a history professor at the University of Central Florida, told the Post. "Puerto Ricans carry with them a lot of power when they move to the mainland, and it's likely they will settle here in Central Florida. With that comes a lot of potential."

Already U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can register to vote if they decide to stay and establish residency.

And Puerto Ricans are united in their displeasure with Trump's tepid response to the aftermath on the island, but also his picking fights with officials and cavalier comparisons about death counts.

"I don't expect Donald Trump to say the right things, because I have heard him since before he was president, but I did expect him to have some common courtesy for the people who are suffering on the island," Carlos Rivera told the Post.

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It's possible that 100,000 angry and frustrated Puerto Ricans relocating to Florida could have a significant impact on how the state votes in the midterm and 2020 elections, The Washington Post reported.
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