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Puerto Rico primary?

Rubio is expected to win because he has brown skin like most Puerto Ricans and he literally speaks their language.

Trump will be hurt here by false the impression created by the anti-Trump mainstream Spanish-language media that Trump is racist against Hispanics.

Mitt Romney had 82.3% (106,431 votes) in 2012. That’s a pretty big turnout for an island where I would have expected to find hardly any Republicans.

Before that, Puerto Rico had caucuses.

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Polls close at 2 PM EST (3 PM AST). 20 delegates are at stake.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Rubio is “brown” to the same extent that I am an African pygmy.



    March 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

  2. Trump will be hurt here by false the impression created by the anti-Trump mainstream Spanish-language media that Trump is racist against Hispanics.

    So you admit that Trump would be bad on immigration?

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    March 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    • Has nothing to do with immigration. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.

      • I don’t think Puerto Ricans are allowed to come in without a visa, are they? I hope not. They are worse than Mexicans.


        March 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      • Very funny. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they can come to and leave the mainland whenever they want.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      • “Very funny. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they can come to and leave the mainland whenever they want.”

        And they’ve been coming to Florida by the thousands since the financial crisis in Puerto Rico, which is still ongoing. That’s why I think Florida is already a blue state, even though no one knows it yet.

        Mike Street Station

        March 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      • Damn that sucks. I didn’t know that. I thought it was like Hong Kong.


        March 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      • Mike Street,

        Where in Florida have most of the Puerto Ricans gone? Miami? I don’t see how our economies can absorb all of these people.


        March 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      • “Mike Street,

        Where in Florida have most of the Puerto Ricans gone? Miami? I don’t see how our economies can absorb all of these people.”

        I imagine they are moving all over the state except of course for the panhandle. I know that Central Florida, the “I-4 corridor” is one of the biggest destinations. Politically, it’s already had some effect on the local level. One of the Orange County (Orlando) Congressional districts used to be reliable Republican but now is held by the detestable Alan Grayson.

        Mike Street Station

        March 7, 2016 at 7:31 am

  3. Yo soy boricua! Or maybe he’s a shark? I dunno. Haven’t seen West Side Story in a long time…


    March 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

  4. I would think primaries in the territories would be simply biased for whoever was most “establishment” because the establishment candidate campaigns would probably be the only ones with the level of internal sophistication to take these sorts of asterisk contests seriously.

    The GOP party proper presumably goes through the motions of maintaining “outreach” and infrastructure in every single scrap of US land, so whatever candidate is closest to these existing networks will probably do best.


    March 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

  5. And here he is, out campaigning:


    March 6, 2016 at 10:27 am

  6. If Rubio (or Cruz) is brown then I am a Chinaman. If you were to view their DNA tests they would be whiter than most Oklahoma rednecks.


    March 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

  7. Puerto Ricans don’t like blacks. In the 2008 primary they voted for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama by a 36-point margin. Only comparable anti-Obama states that year were Kentucky (Clinton +36), West Virginia (+41) and Arkansas (+44).


    March 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

    • Which people or ethnicity or race likes Blacks?


      March 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    • I have to disagree….Among Hispanics, Puerto Ricans are the ones that get along best with blacks. I can’t explain why Obama did poorly in Puerto Rico, though,


      March 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  8. It’s farcical they even have a primary. They can’t even vote in the general election. A pure absurdity.

    Sagi Is My Guru

    March 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

  9. There’s a not insignificant number of Puerto Ricans that join the US Marine Corps and then remain very conservative after that…


    March 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • I’ve noticed that in the Army as well. At least among careerists.

      Mike Street Station

      March 6, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    • why exactly are army latinos so right wing? I’ve never figured it out. Is it that right wing latinos are attracted to the military or something about the military turns people into race realists?

      Otis the Sweaty

      March 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      • I wouldn’t say they were “race realists” if I understand correctly what you mean by that, but the military is probably the only institution in our society that actually teaches values and expects people to live by them (and yes I’m including the churches in that. Churches used to perform that function until they got so nonjudgmental).

        So it’s both. Not everyone is going to be attracted to an institution that literally waves the flag and asks you to sacrifice for your country, and although there are a fair amount of liberals in the military, they’re in the minority; probably one of the few institutions that is (yes I’m looking at you National Review!). So if you spend a career in the military, most of your peers are going to right leaning, even if they’re not overtly political. That can influence after a while.

        True story: Years ago two black people on my shift were having a political argument, in which the black guy was explaining to the black girl why he voted Republican; because he was in the military and those were the people who cared about the military, and the Democrats hated them. He was no conservative by the way, but he knew where his bread was buttered.

        Mike Street Station

        March 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

      • Actually, all blacks know where their bread is buttered.


        March 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  10. Lion, would you vote for Cruz if he is nominated?


    March 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

  11. White Cubans are about 15% black and native, so they are brown compared to white Americans:


    March 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  12. My God Lion, but you’re so provincial. You gotta get out from that Starbucks and sushi bar life and see and talk to people on the street. Latino is a made up word. Government workers are lazy and they don’t want to count all these Spanish speakers separately.
    Let me tell you, in the real world they don’t mix. Ever. Cuban is nothing in Puerto Rico. Cuba and Puerto Rico were both part of the Spanish Empire way back and that’s why they speak Spanish. I love how they say Spanish is not the language of White Supremacy. You can’t fix stupid.
    Mexico is North America, and the rest of the peninsula is Central America. Mexicans HATE people from South of their border. Some get shot just for crossing and go directly to jail. These people used to be under the Aegis of Spain and their King, but that was a long time ago. They don’t mix no more, man.

    Joshua Sinistar

    March 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    • You overlooked my intentional use of the passive voice.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    • I think believing that different types of Hispanics (or whatever) don’t identify with each other at all is the naive attitude to have. Sunset Park is Mexican and Puerto Rican (plus Chinatown past 6th Ave.). The Puerto Ricans are worse than the Mexicans because the Mexicans are dopey little people while the Puerto Ricans have tattoos and pitbulls. But they all walk around on 5th Avenue doing Hispanic stuff, and the Puerto Ricans obviously chose that neighborhood for a reason. The two nice places on 5th are a Jewish-owned bagel shop and a Chinese owned-and-staffed grocery that has nice flowers.


      March 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      • Without question the Puerto Ricans have far more criminals and thugs than the Mexicans. Many Puerto Ricans buy into the black hip hop/thug culture or have their own version. That said, there are also many law-abiding blue-collar PRs and a small white-collar element as well. Virtually all the Mexicans in NYC are illegal and blue collar. Since they are illegals, they are less likely to commit crimes because they fear deportation. The Mexicans also have more intact families and far less single mothers.

        Lewis Medlock

        March 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      • ” tattoos and pitbulls”
        I get very nervous when I pass a muscly tattooed young Hispanic guy & his pitbull. You never know what could happen.


        March 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      • Yeah and those dogs can easily kill a child.


        March 6, 2016 at 11:20 pm

  13. Why did you have to bring up the truly inconsequential Puerto Rico on this blog. Just the mere mention of Puerto Rico provokes in me a weirdly mixed pavlovian response of hopeless resignation, absurdity, sadness, and distress. You ruined my day.


    March 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • Hah, very good. Me too.

      Andrew E.

      March 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

  14. In what world is Rubio “brown”? His family is from Spain, same as Cruz. They both are of European descent.


    March 7, 2016 at 2:11 am

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