Lots of chatter (and a good deal of confusion) about the final contest of the Democratic race– the June 7 caucus in Puerto Rico. Michael Barone isn’t sure how the delegates will be awarded; but says that they will not be done proportionally– one candidate will receive all 63 delegates, meaning that “Puerto Rico is likely to have more leverage in Democratic National Convention votes than any single state….”
[T]he dominant figure in Puerto Rico identifying with the Democratic Party has seen to it that his faction gets all the territory’s delegates. PPD [Popular Democratic Party] politicians almost always identify with mainland Democrats…. It’s not clear to me at this distance whether the current governor, Aníbal Acevedo of the PPD, will have similar clout.
El Loco notes that the caucus could lead to, yet another, re-examination of PR’s commonwealth status.
…[I]f the pro-Commonwealth party controls the delegates, they will pledge their delegates to whichever candidate pledges to leave sleeping dogs lie. If it is the pro-Statehood party, they will pledge their delegates to whichever candidate pledges to support Statehood, include it in the Democrats’ platform, and commits to push the resolution of the Puerto Rican status condition by pursuing a process that will produce non-territorial solutions, i.e., statehood, free associated republic, or independence.
Charlie provides a quick political history. A high-profile caucus on the island would certainly augment the examination of Latino identity that the election has prompted. To wit, as Mike points out, many Puerto Ricans on the island do not consider themselves “Latino.”