June 8th, 2011 –
President Barack Obama will be visiting Puerto Rico next week, in an attempt to attract Hispanic voters in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. While the 3.1 million Puerto Ricans living on the island can’t vote in national presidential elections, the 4.9 million who live in the United States can. Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens, the result of being a US Territory, but can not vote in presidential elections.
This was not lost on Obama, who has suffered some loss in the Hispanic vote since his last election, in which he had strong Hispanic support. Hoping to win back support, the President will travel to Puerto Rico next week to shore up relations along its stateside relatives.
The last president to visit Puerto Rico was John F. Kennedy. The Hispanic vote has swelled to over 50 million today and is becoming more and more involved and participatory in politics. Hispanics overall usually lean democratic by about 65%, except for Cubans who are generally strong Republican supporters.