Democrats are NOT gonna benefit from the more than 100,000 displaced from the island that ARE eligible to vote…..
THE BIG IDEA: Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico last September and prompted a mass exodus of more than 100,000 residents to the mainland United States. The Category 4 storm destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure, which was already decaying and crumbling amidst a financial crisis and a bankrupt territorial government. The exact number is still not known, but tens of thousands of people permanently resettled in Florida.
Frustration with Donald Trump’s lackadaisical and even antagonistic response – he vilified the mayor of San Juan and threatened to cut off funding for Puerto Rico at one point – prompted even some Republicans to warn that the episode could doom his presidency. After all, George W. Bush’s numbers never really recovered after Hurricane Katrina.
Because they’re already U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans are eligible to vote as soon as they move to the mainland. The thinking last fall was that they’d be so angry at Trump that they’d be chomping at the bit to vote against Republicans in the midterms. Operatives from both parties said that this could prove decisive in a perennial battleground like Florida where elections are always close.
Once again, the conventional wisdom turns out to have been wrong.Trump appears to be defying the old rules of politics. In this case, it’s because most of the Puerto Ricans who have come to Florida are not registering to vote or otherwise getting involved in politics.
At least for now…..