It is Super Tuesday again but this time five US states will be holding nomination contests,and it is Florida which is the biggest prize. The Republican candidate who wins will take all 99 delegates.
But it is a state which has an entrenched Latino community built on immigrants of Cuban descent.
“Donald Trump made an error because in the state of Florida and the whole country, 90 percent of the hard work of this country, is the work of the Latinos,” said one Florida local.
But controversial Donald Trump is leading the Republican polls in Florida despite opposition in some quarters to his aggressive anti-immigration rhetoric.
According to Rosemary O’Hara, Political Editor of the Sun-Sentinel, the Trump campaign machine has revolutionised the way people think about voting.
“You would think that with two Cuban senators in the GOP (Republican) race, they would be a natural fit for the Cuban community of Florida. But that’s not the way it’s breaking. People are not so much voting for someone of their ethnicity or because of their gender, but because of what they stand for.”
Even so Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton can probably rely on strong Latino support . Our correspondent Stefan Grobe says as always Florida could have a big impact on the eventual outcome of the November 8 presidential election.
“In today’s primary, Florida seems to be locked up by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But in a general election match-up between these two, this perennial swing state could tilt dramatically in Clinton’s favor. Her strong showing with Latino voters could very well decide the election.”
- Candidates standing
Democratic Party – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Republican Party – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich
- States holding nomination contests March 15