[Ed. – An interesting question. Voting does trend heavily Democratic in Puerto Rico, and those who leave may be more likely to vote left. Could the numbers be decisive, in a state that has been regarded as a swing state in the last five presidential elections? Bonus question: given that the Hispanic (Cuban/Caribbean-ancestry) vote in Florida is actually much more Republican than it is in California, might social influences turn a lot of Puerto Rican Democrats Republican “red” instead?]
Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico looks likely to trigger a major wave of migration to Florida, which could push the politically important US state to the Democratic side, analysts said Sunday.
That’s how it look for Franchesca Rivera, a 32-year-old schoolteacher who teaches in Aibonito, a town in the center of Puerto Rico that has been destroyed by the hurricane.
“If I do not start classes, I need income. So I’m going to go first with the kids and then my husband. If classes do not start, I’ll leave in a month,” says Rivera, whose house was among the few standing after the megastorm. …
That’s the case for many Puerto Ricans who have family or friends and a place to stay on the US mainland. After New York City, central Florida cities such as Orlando — with its thousands of theme park jobs — Tampa and St Petersburg are among the biggest draws.