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Puerto Rican voters made their way to the polling centers Sunday to vote on whether or not they want to become the 51st U.S. state.
“I voted for statehood,” 74-year-old retiree Armando Abreu told reporters outside a polling center at the Escuela Gabriela Mistral. “Even if it’s still a long way off in the distance, it’s our only hope.”
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If the votes sway in favor of joining the U.S., the measure is still likely to face a tumultuous road ahead in Congress. Many of the voters who came out to vote Sunday morning are over 50 and retired, and, like Abreu, hope to see their island become economically competitive through joining the other 50 U.S. states.
“I’m not voting. The government has spent millions of dollars on this campaign hoping that statehood wins, but even if it does, the U.S....
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