Puerto Ricans favor statehood for first time
November 8th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Puerto Ricans favor statehood for first time

(CNN) – In an overshadowed Election Day contest, Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood in a nonbinding referendum, marking the first time such an initiative garnered a majority.

Puerto Ricans were asked about their desires in two parts. First, by a 54% to 46% margin, voters rejected their current status as a U.S. commonwealth. In a separate question, 61% chose statehood as the alternative, compared with 33% for the semi-autonomous "sovereign free association" and 6% for outright independence.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Hope for Change

    Great, another mouth to feed. We need more welfare states, yeah!

    November 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F

    This should cause Rush and the voice of the republican party, Fox foreign owned media, heads to explode.

    November 8, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. NameCharles Shiflett

    About time

    November 8, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    In the interest in keeping the American flag with 50 stars, if Puerto Rico were granted statehood, I would suggest merging existing states into one. Do we really need a North and South Dakota? How about just one big Dakota?

    November 8, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Wont happen

    With the GOP still in control of H. Representatives, it will never happen. It would add considerably to the federal deficit, and the last thing the GOP would want is a whole state of hispanics leaning to the Democratic party.

    November 8, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    P.R. will be the 51st state! Can't wait to go to San Juan and party.

    November 8, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |