Puerto Ricans say yes to US statehood
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.
The referendum’s main sponsor, Governor Luis Fortuno, failed to win re-election, however.
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