Throughout last year’s Democratic presidential primary, Democrats fretted about being labeled as anything even adjacent to socialism, lest they alienate Florida’s crucial Cuban-American voters. Many worried Sen. Bernie Sanders’ praise of some parts of Fidel Castro’s regime would jeopardize their chances of winning the state. Similarly, Rep. Karen Bass’ work in Cuba and calling Castro’s death a “great loss” was considered a mark against her in the running to be the party’s vice presidential nominee.
No matter, as Axios’ Russell Contreras recently wrote, that Cuban Americans number only about 2 million nationally. Their outsized influence on American politics owes to the Electoral College and their concentration in a swing state.