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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Look To Puerto Rico

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JIM WYSS MIAMI HERALD
Dozens of protesters gathered in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan 20, 2020, amid growing anger over hidden emergency aid in the wake of deadly earthquakes. The crowds would ultimately swell to the hundreds.

The murky outlook of the Democratic presidential race is making one thing clear: for the first time in decades, Puerto Rico’s presidential primary is likely to matter.

Lawmakers on the island voted last year to move their primary from June 7 to March 29. And with uncertainty increasing over whether any one candidate will emerge from a crowded field this summer with the delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Puerto Rico’s 51 pledged delegates give its voters more power than about half of U.S. states to push popular candidates closer to the finish line.

Little more than a month from the primary, activists on the island say Michael Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders appear to be the most aggressive in pursuing Puerto Rico’s spoils.

Read more at the Miami Herald.