Puerto Rico: Polling on Statehood
Puerto Rico voters will go to the polls on November 3rd to elect a territorial Governor and their Resident Commissioner, or Delegate to the US House of Representatives. While in the polling booth, voters will also express their opinion on a non-binding ballot proposition relating to the island becoming a full-fledged US state. Democrats are discussing the idea of moving a measure to grant statehood to Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia should they gain the majority in both houses of Congress and Joe Biden is elected President.
The Puerto Rico Herald newspaper published a survey (Beacon Research; 9/14-18; 803 PR registered voters) that asked respondents their view about statehood. By a whopping 70-24% margin, the respondents said they favor their territory being granted statehood.
Puerto Rico Democrats have announced that the territory’s presidential primary has again been delayed. Originally scheduled for March 29, the legislature moved the election to April 26th. The legislative action, which included an option to allow party leaders to transfer the date to an even later time, looks to be exercised. The Democratic Party leaders announced on Friday that they will suspend the 4/26 vote indefinitely.
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