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How Did the Puerto Rican Candidates Do?

Puerto Rico doesn’t have senators or voting representatives in the House, but there were a number of candidates running on the mainland who are of Puerto Rican heritage.

How did they do?

  • Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., was re-elected.
  • Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., was re-elected, beating  challenger José Luis Fernández, also Puerto Rican.
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., was re-elected, winning against fellow Puerto Rican Héctor Concepción.
  • Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Id., was also re-elected.

In state and local races, Wanda Rentas kept her seat as Commissioner in Kissimmee, while Pablo Soto and Anthony Ortiz both lost their bids for the House in Connecticut.

Nellie Gorbea is now Secretary of State in Rhode Island.

These are just a few of the Puerto Rican candidates from races across the country. As the number of people of Puerto Rican heritage in the fifty states continues to grow, the number of candidates of Puerto Rican heritage may show a similar increase in the years to come.


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