Over 100,000 of Puerto Rico’s islanders have moved to Florida in response to conditions after Hurricane Maria….
Reports and polling have not been good for Democratic Senator Bill Nelson ….
Few of the islanders, who can vote on the mainland know of Nelson and fewer have signed up to vote….
Nelson is running a few percentage points behind Nelson in the polling for November’s vote…
Democrats had planned for a edge from the newly relocated Puerto Ricans….
THAT does not seem to be happening….
The loss of Nelson’s US Senate would just about cement any chances for Democrats to squeak a narrow US Senate majority for next year,,,,,
Nelson like fellow House Democrat Crowley, seems to have forgotten the basic’s…..
‘ALL Politics is local.’….
His state’s Republican Governor has not….
“Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz supports Senator Bill Nelson because he’s a champion for Puerto Rico and will hold Trump accountable for his failed disaster relief efforts,” Soto said.
Florida Democrats were hoping for more Puerto Rican voters to be added to the rolls after Hurricane Maria, but so far they haven’t materialized, despite tens of thousands of evacuees coming to Florida.
Puerto Ricans, who have particularly flocked to Central Florida, are now the largest Hispanic group in the state, with more than 1.1 million residents. Experts estimate that at least 500,000 are voters. And while exit polls and voting analyses show that about 7 in 10 Boricua voters tend to vote for the Democrat on the ballot, they’ve had vexingly poor turnout during midterm elections for the party. About 16 percent of Florida’s registered voters are Hispanic.
Political insiders say they’re not sure if the politics of Hurricane Maria – specifically the widespread belief among Puerto Ricans that Trump’s administration did too little for the island – will be enough to hand Democrats a decisive advantage in Florida.
Complicating their efforts has been Scott’s decision to openly welcome hurricane evacuees, aggressively campaign in Spanish and tout the endorsements of the island’s lieutenant governor and its nonvoting member of Congress. Scott has also repeatedly visited the island next to Rosselló, who in turn has traveled repeatedly to Florida and promised to open up a political action committee to help advocate for the island…..