2012 Presidential Election: Cuban-American Voting

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(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).-  Information and Analysis from the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies(ICCAS), University of Miami. 

The State of Florida victory of Presidential candidate Barack Obama in the 2012 elections, led to speculation that the Cuban-American community, primarily Republican, was shifting its support to the Democratic Party.

Yet when analyzing the voting results in South Florida communities with high concentrations of Cuban-Americans, the numbers demonstrate that the Republican party still has majority support.

The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami (UM), conducted a study and analysis of election data available to the public in the Miami area south of SW 8th Street to SW 56th Street (Miller) and west of SW 87thAvenue to SW 117th Avenue. This area, with 38 precincts, is known for its large Cuban-American community. Findings show that Republican candidate Mitt Romney comfortably secured over 61% of the votes of this area of more than 60,000 voters while President Barack Obama was supported by 38%.

This study is ICCAS’ first presidential election data analysis. We plan to follow the voting patterns for the Cuban-American community in other cities and unincorporated areas of Dade County.

Florida is home to 70% of the more than 2 million Hispanics of Cuban descent in the United States. This is a significant number since Cuban-Americans have some of the highest voter turnout in the nation. In the 2012 presidential election, 67% of Cuban-Americans voted.

This study reflects the party preference of a large group of Cuban-American voters. 

.        Study Findings

1.      Area covered

South of SW 8th Street to SW 24th Street (Coral Way) and west of SW 87th Avenue to SW 117th Avenue.

Precinct voting results for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Democrat candidate Barack Obama.

To read the full report Here.


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