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Bill Rufty: Diverse Florida electorate crucial in presidential election

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If you are a presidential candidate, you can’t come to Florida with a single, cookie-cutter campaign and speak to issues based on national surveys. Florida is one of the most diverse and perhaps, with 29 electoral votes, the most crucial swing state in the presidential election, University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus told a large audience Thursday evening. MacManus was the leadoff speaker for the new season of the Florida Lecture Series hosted by the Lawton M.…

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Orlando top spot for residents leaving Puerto Rico’s capital

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Central Florida was the top destination of Puerto Ricans moving from metro San Juan to the mainland two years ago. New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 6,200 Puerto Ricans moved to metro Orlando from the island’s capital in 2013. The New York metro area was the next most popular destination, with 3,800 former San Juan residents moving there. Puerto Ricans have been leaving the island in the wake of a severe economic crisis. Unlike the…

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Democrats widen gap over Republicans in Florida voter registration

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My seemingly alter-ego at The Reid Report has a summary of the the new stats from the Florida Division of Elections: Democrats are trouncing Republicans at registering voters. Dems have registered 61,643 more voters since the 2008 election than Republicans have, swelling what was already a 700,000-plus registration advantage in the state. That doesn’t always win Democrats elections, of course, because of issues of turnout, and also due to the presence of conservative Dems in northern Florida who don’t always…

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