Nation: The Endless Election

Puerto Rico's tardy winner

In a tiny park on the outskirts of San Juan's business district, ten people gathered under an almond tree for a weird rite. They laid out a coffin with a paper-and-rag doll in side and surrounded it with four large candles, slips of paper with numerals and percentages, and branches from a local plant called Cruz de Malta.

In overwhelmingly Catholic Puerto Rico, such a bizarre ceremony, with its overtones of voodoo, seemed somewhat out of place. In fact, its significance was as much political as religious. In a for mer...

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