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“If you can gain the support of one person in Boston, it can translate to 10 people in Haiti,” said Mark P. Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University who has studied Haiti.
Haitian candidates are spending a lot of time campaigning in the United States, even though Haitians who are U.S. citizens are ineligible to vote in the election. It is also a venue for raising money. The full story is here.