From Associated Press:
Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory has overwhelmingly chosen statehood in a nonbinding referendum Sunday held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.
Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, more than 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. The participation rate was just 23 percent with roughly 2.26 million registered voters, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several parties had boycotted.
The economic crisis in Puerto Rico is the main driver here.
Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island nation at an alarming rate and it’s making their economic situation even worse.
Obviously, joining the United States would help that.
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It would be great for them. Not sure how great it would be for the USA.