PUERTO RICO: As Predicted

Election Day went according to form in Puerto Rico. Governor Luis Muñoz Marin won his third four-year term handily, polling almost twice as many votes as his two opponents combined. By giving Muñoz Marin's Popular Democratic Party a landslide-proportioned 62.5% of the total vote, Puerto Ricans proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they prefer the governor's personally designed status as a U.S.-associated commonwealth to either national independence or U.S. statehood.

The vote polled by the opposition had a special significance of its own. In the 1952 elections, the Independence Party pulled 125,403 votes, the Statehood Party only 84,056....

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