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Democrats Pursue Puerto Rican Style Before Primary

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: USA, Puerto Rico, democratic primary race, campaign, primaries, June 1, 'boricua style.' )

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Puerto Rico hasn't received so much attention from Democrats since 1980 race; June 1 vote will allocate 55 delegates; Clinton is favored to win there; Island switched from a caucus after Super Tuesday's inconclusive outcome!


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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Thursday May 22, 2008, 3:59 pm
There's a cultural clash in how campaigning is done" in Puerto Rico versus the mainland, said Roberto Prats, the island's Democratic Party chairman and a Clinton campaign spokesman. "We suggested they build a campaign 'boricua style.'"

"Boricua," derived from the Taino Indian word for the island's people, is the term Puerto Ricans use to refer to themselves.

Large, billowing flags are replacing modest placards, staffers for both candidates have summoned their rusty Spanish, and Bill Clinton's bodyguards were asked to relax during his visit to a sprawling public housing complex.

During her second visit to Puerto Rico, Chelsea Clinton was accompanied by a "batucada," or percussion ensemble, of a dozen young musicians armed with drums, maracas and whistles as she greeted shoppers at a San Juan mall.

It is a warmer, more intimate way to campaign, said Clinton spokesman Angel Urena.

Apparently, it works. Clinton has a 4-2 edge over Obama, with one uncommitted.

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