Nov 18, 2017 - Politics & Policy

How Puerto Rican migrants could tilt Florida's elections

Newly arrived Puerto Ricans listen to Sami Haiman-Marrero during an orientation session in Orlando in June. Photo: John Raoux / AP

Following the disaster of Hurricane Maria, more than 168,000 Puerto Ricans have fled to Florida, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Puerto Ricans could "tilt Democratic," according to the Times, and thousands of them voting in Florida could impact a crucial swing state in presidential elections. There are "well over a million" Puerto Ricans living in Florida as of this year, compared to less than 500,000 in 2000, the NYT reports.

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