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Puerto Ricans say yes to US statehood

/ 12:42 AM November 08, 2012

SAN JUAN—Puerto Ricans voted for the first time in favor of the island becoming a US state in a non-binding referendum, election officials said Wednesday.

The Caribbean island is now a self-governing US territory. The referendum was held Tuesday along with the US presidential and congressional elections.

A total of 61 percent of voters said ‘yes’ to statehood, the local election commission said, citing a tally of 95.7 percent of the votes cast.

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The referendum’s main sponsor, Governor Luis Fortuno, failed to win re-election, however.

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