Friday, October 12, 2012

The Florida Hispanic vote
While Barack Obama can win a second term without a Florida victory, many analysts see no viable path to the White House for Republican challenger Mitt Romney if he loses the Sunshine State. Voters in Puerto Rico tend to favor Democratic candidates over Republican ones, and registration statistics in central Florida reflect this preference.

However, almost a third of Hispanic voters here have no political party preference. It is these voters that Obama and Romney need to woo.”

As David Rothschild, an economist with Microsoft Research, puts it, “one easy way of seeing why Obama is the favorite right now is that Romney would have to win Florida, Ohio and Virginia to win the election.” The election markets say that trifecta is very unlikely.”


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