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The Florida Hispanic surge wasn't enough for Hillary Clinton

A man holds a sign that reads “Cubans 4 Trump” during a Donald Trump campaign rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Nov. 2.

Pedro Portal | Miami Herald

A man holds a sign that reads “Cubans 4 Trump” during a Donald Trump campaign rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Nov. 2.

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South Florida, that blue electoral island separating the rest of the state from the Caribbean, was supposed to hand the nation’s biggest political prize — and therefore the presidency — to Hillary Clinton.

The votes poured in on Election Night: about 575,000 more for Clinton than Donald Trump in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. That was more than 100,000 votes better than President Barack Obama, who defeated Mitt Romney by about 472,000 votes in the same media market four years ago.

It was not enough.

Trump took Florida, in spite of record Miami-Dade and Broward turnout and a Hispanic voter surge across the state. The two developments, revealed in demographics of voters casting early ballots, had suggested an insurmountable Clinton advantage in a state Trump simply could not lose.

Both trends were real. But after all the stories about the dying Cuban-American Republican vote in Miami and the rising Puerto Rican Democratic vote in Orlando, other Florida factors proved to be more important.

More here.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:55am]

    

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