Central Florida


Four Days Left to Election-Day Finish






Only four days left to the Election-Day finish. Drilling down to the Latino community, what’s the ground game look like for the Puerto Rican community? Many political events center around Kissimmee, in Osceola County, a nod to what is considered the heart of Central Florida’s Puerto Rican community. Kissimmee also has […]


Harnessing the Power of Newly Arrived Puerto Ricans






How to harness the potential electoral power of newly arrived Puerto Ricans, whose American citizenship permits them to arrive by plane today and vote tomorrow? That’s the principal question asked today, as Florida experiences an unprecedented migration of Puerto Ricans to the state. The voter participation of Puerto Ricans lags that of […]


Caravanas Cruise Orlando in Search of Voters 1 comment






Puerto Rican caravanas – the get-out-the-vote staple of Puerto Rico elections –cruised Orlando streets  to generate voter enthusiasm in Central Florida. Iniciativa Acción Puertorriqueña, together with Misión Boricua, Que Vote Mi Gente, Organize Now and others – all progressive leaning groups – drew 50 or more cars to the parking […]


The Puerto Rican Voter Has Arrived in Florida 1 comment






The Puerto Rican voter has arrived in Florida. It’s not too early to declare it so. The national and international media have come around to the fact that Puerto Ricans in Florida likely hold the key to the 2016 elections. Serious Pac money is being invested in the Central Florida Puerto […]


Poll: 84 Percent of Puerto Ricans Plan to Vote






A new poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida indicates that 84 percent plan to vote in the upcoming November elections, while 14 percent said they would probably vote. Just 2 percent said they would not go to the polls, according to the 504 Puerto Ricans surveyed by the Center for American Progress Action […]


Chasing the Puerto Rican Voter






With barely a week to go until Florida voter registration closes on October 11, a number of  groups are chasing Puerto Rican voters in hopes of impacting the November elections. The state’s 1 million Puerto Ricans are a tempting target because they are relative newcomers and they have no obstacle to […]


Elections Race for Puerto Rican Voters






The race to appeal to the hearts and minds of Puerto Rican voters in the 2016 presidential elections is off and running. For months Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has wooed Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, among whom he is not that popular (see previous stories in Orlando Latino). This week his re-election campaign launched […]


Marco Rubio Courts Puerto Rican Voters 2 comments






Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is paying a lot of attention to Puerto Ricans in Central Florida for his re-election campaign. During the August 30 primaries, he held his campaign victory party in Osceola, which is the heart of Central Florida’s significant Puerto Rican community. Rubio has been out front on the […]