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  • America Votes

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    Friday, March 12, 2004

    Cuban exile voters play a key role 

    "What irony!" goes the latest joke making the rounds in Washington political circles. "Cubans can't elect their president in Cuba, but they elect one in the United States."

    Indeed, there are growing indications that Cuban exile voters will once again play a key role in November's presidential elections: Pollsters say Florida's estimated 500,000 Cuban voters could be a deciding factor in the state's election, which in turn may - as it did in 2000 - decide the national election.

    In 2000, about 81 percent of Florida's Cuban exile vote went for George W. Bush, while Democratic candidate Al Gore got 17 percent.

    At the time, most Cuban exiles were furious with the Clinton administration over its handling of the case of Elian Gonzalez, the young rafter boy who was repatriated to his father's home in Cuba over the objections of other relatives in Miami.

    This time, however, there will be no "Elian factor" that will play in Bush's favor.

    - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 3:17 PM



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