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51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum

 
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11/07/2012 10:09 AM
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51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
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They voted for STATEHOOD and not independence! 5a5a

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — 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.

President Barack Obama earlier expressed support for the referendum and pledged to respect the will of the people in the event of a clear majority.

It is unclear whether U.S. Congress will debate the referendum results or if Obama will consider the results to be a clear enough majority.
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11/07/2012 10:47 AM
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Re: 51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
This is pretty interesting considering Puerto Rico has already taken strides to making English the dominant language. Earlier this year Puerto Rico started using English as the main language in certain schools to be rolled out to other schools.
According to reports the waiting lists to get into these schools are off the charts.
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11/07/2012 01:05 PM
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Re: 51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
More electoral votes for Castro in 16.
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11/07/2012 01:07 PM
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Re: 51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
Puerto Rico is a Joke I hate this Fucking Island.

Politics in here is a race to see who is going to steal the money.I wish Puerto Rico was a Real state and be under Obama Presidency.
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11/07/2012 01:11 PM
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Puerto Rico is a Joke I hate this Fucking Island.

Politics in here is a race to see who is going to steal the money.I wish Puerto Rico was a Real state and be under Obama Presidency.
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PNP parejero.
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11/07/2012 01:13 PM
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Re: 51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk?......
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11/07/2012 01:14 PM
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Re: 51st State? Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum
What did I say last night?

Thread: Kentucky: Obama 39% Romney 69%

Dude only like .2% of the precincts are reporting. Wait until like 50% then you can get an idea. Even then things can change a lot.
 Quoting: l3ol3o


It's kentucky and there's 57 more states to go.
 Quoting: Leslie Zevo


Duh, 56 more to go, Kentucky's already been reported, duh. cool2
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 858876


57, puerto rico, man.
 Quoting: Leslie Zevo

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