Mitt Romney, President Obama courting Florida’s Hispanics
Shifting demographics wipe out assumptions
The Obama campaign sees the booming influx of Puerto Ricans near Orlando as key to victory in the critical swing state of Florida. Puerto Ricans tend to vote Democratic, accounted for nearly 30 percent of metro Orlando’s population growth over the last decade, and played a big role in propelling Obama to victory in Florida in 2008. As a result, both campaigns have been working feverishly to find support along the Interstate 4 corridor from Tampa to Orlando, a pivotal electoral battleground in a state where the Republican-dominated north and strongly Democratic south often cancel each other out.