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Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

From the Boston Herald, another potential nail in the GOP’s coffin:

A slim majority of Puerto Ricans sought to change their ties with the United States and become the 51st U.S. state in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.

The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States. Nearly 54 percent, or 922,374 people, sought to change it, while 46 percent, or 786,749 people, favored the status quo. Ninety-six percent of 1,643 precincts were reporting as of early Wednesday.

The second question asked voters to choose from three options, with statehood by far the favorite, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received 33 percent, while independence got 5 percent.

Given that this gets Congressional approval it’d mean another few Electoral Votes and a bunch of new electorate who aren’t white. I wonder if the House GOP will oppose?

2 comments to Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

  • Interesting to see where this goes. The current congressional majority may not look kindly at them becoming a [presumably Democratic] addition to the House and Senate.
    It’s a pity Obama didn’t have longer coattails but if the GOP continues on its self-destructive track, the 2014 elections might change the makeup of congress and get them approved.

    And now we can all waste time designing a 51-star flag.

  • justadood

    51-star flag already designed…

    3 rows 8 stars
    3 rows 9 stars

    17×3=51

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