Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both ignoring Puerto Ricans — but this little-understood voter group could turn the election

In particular, Puerto Ricans have been steadily migrating to Florida, which is now home to more than 1 million . As always, Florida is a crucial swing state in this election, and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have visited the state numerous times. Last week Hurricane Matthew devastated several Florida counties, leaving several people dead and hundreds without homes. As a result, U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker  extended voter registration in the Sunshine State until Oct. 18.

Florida, a traditionally purple state, has been something of a wild card in politics. (As anyone who remembers the ludicrous drama of the 2000 election is already aware.) A growing number of migrants from Puerto Rico — an “unincorporated territory” of the United States — are now relocating to Florida rather than New York or New Jersey, two mainland states with large and longstanding Puerto Rican communities.

Trump had a three-day stint in Florida last week, which included his now-legendary speech on Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, his West Palm Beach resort. Hillary Clinton was joined by her husband Bill and former vice president Al Gore to campaign there on Tuesday afternoon. “If we win Florida, there’s no way my opponent can win. That’s why he’s gonna be in Florida today. He knows that,” Clinton said during her rally.

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Keyword Sentiment Site Avg. Compared
crucial swing state + 0.45 0.20
0.25
newly transplanted Puerto + 0.43 0.43
0.00
minimum wage + 0.35 -0.28
0.63
United States + 0.33 -0.16
0.49
Hillary Clinton + 0.23 -0.30
0.53
federal health care + 0.22 0.51
-0.29
Rican new arrivals + 0.21 0.21
0.00
Puerto Ricans + 0.18 -0.11
0.29
Puerto Rico + 0.17 -0.12
0.29
Puerto Rican voters + 0.14 0.11
0.03
Trump + 0.07 -0.07
0.14
stateside Puerto Ricans + 0.00 0.00
0.00
Floridian Puerto Ricans + 0.00 0.00
0.00
Mainland Puerto Ricans + 0.00 0.00
0.00
longstanding Puerto Rican + 0.00 0.00
0.00
Puerto Rican migrants + 0.00 0.00
0.00
Florida Puerto Rican + 0.00 0.00
0.00
Puerto Rican ears + 0.00 0.00
0.00
health care + 0.00 0.31
-0.31
Donald Trump + 0.00 -0.14
0.14
voter registration + 0.00 -0.09
0.09
state numerous times + 0.00 0.00
0.00
U.S. District Court + 0.00 -0.18
0.18
Clinton -0.01 -0.18
0.17
Puerto Rican -0.13 -0.04
-0.09
Puerto Rican electorate -0.32 -0.32
0.00
CAPAF survey -0.33 -0.33
0.00
percent -0.35 -0.30
-0.05
unemployment rate -0.46 -0.50
0.04
Puerto Rican voter -0.84 -0.84
0.00

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