For the first time, the citizens of Puerto Ric0 voted to become the 51st state in the United States of America. This can’t happen without Congressional action, but a referendum in the American territory went for statehood after Puerto Ricans voted it down in 1967, 1993, and 1998.
The vote was 61% for statehood, with 46% for maintaining the status quo. Only 6% voted for out-and-out independence.
President Obama owes Hispanics big time for his re-election. Would this be a fitting award/symbolic gesture? Republicans are seeing the need to attract more Hispanic voters. Might they be hesitant to oppose statehood, even though this might mean two more Democratic senators?
Would you support Puerto Rico becoming a state?