Florida races could be decided by Puerto Rican voters

Due to their vocal support for Puerto Rico statehood, Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis — GOP candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, respectively — may have an edge with this important constituency. Their stance is in line with nearly every Republican Party platform since 1940, which have supported Puerto Rico’s right to choose statehood. And the 2016 Republican Party platform is no different. It states:

“Congress should approve an enabling act with terms for Puerto Rico’s future admission as the 51st state of the Union.”

The Democratic gubernatorial and U.S. senatorial candidates do not project the same support for statehood. This is unfortunately aligned with the Democratic Party’s convoluted and roundabout stance, which was described in their 2016 party platform as: