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Puerto Rican Exodus to Orlando.

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If, as seems quite likely, we do see many islanders joining family and friends here in central Florida, it will be interesting to watch the continuing political transition of areas like East Orange, Oak Ridge/Sky Lake, Osceola County and Deltona.

While some suggested that Puerto Ricans were open to both parties as we first saw  folks from the NYC and island communities coming to Orlando in the 1990s, it has been suggested President Trump's response to Hurricane Maria on the island may lead new residents even more toward the Democrats this time. That could be a big game-changer in both Orange and Volusia elections.

Unlike Mexican and other Hispanic immigrants, Puerto Ricans are of course already US citizens and could impact local elections quickly if the local parties are energetic in registering the new folks to vote. We may see an impact as soon as 2018.




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