Puerto Rico voted yesterday to become the 51st state – Barack Obama said he would honor their vote.
Almost 80% of the island’s electorate took part in the referendum, the fourth in the past 45 years.
With almost all the votes counted, almost 54% voted to change the island’s relationship with the US. And in reply to a second question on what future they favored, nearly two-thirds wanted full statehood…
…A young voter in the capital San Juan, Jerome Lefebre, said: “Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option.
“We’re doing okay, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help.”