Puerto Rico Votes To Become 51st State

Puerto Rico could soon become the 51st state of the United States.

Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood last night in a non-binding referendum. The vote still needs to be approved by Congress, but President Obama has already said that he would support statehood for Puerto Rico.

According to the BBC, voters in Puerto Rico were asked two questions in relation to statehood. Nearly 54 percent of voters said that they wanted to change the island’s 114-year relationship with the United States. The second question gave voters three options to describe that relationship: statehood, sovereign free association, or independence. More than 60 percent voted for statehood, while 33 percent voted for sovereign free association and 5 percent voted for independence.



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