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    Puerto Ricans Unmoved by US Statehood Ballot

    The vote is in — sort of. Some 97 percent of voters in yesterday’s referendum on Puerto Rico’s status said they’d like the 100-year-old commonwealth to become America’s 51st state. But turnout on the Caribbean island was a dismal 23 percent, likely stifled by opposition parties’ boycotts over ballot language and a “rigged” process. Potential voters may also have seen the writing on the wall: Congress must approve statehood, and the Republicans in control are unlikely to add a new state, especially one crushed by debt, with voters likely to boost Democrats.

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