PUERTO RICO: Vote for Commonwealth

As Hawaii went, Puerto Rico will not go. That seemed to be the message handed down by the island's voters in this month's election. They turned out of office Governor Luis Ferré, 68, an advocate of statehood, and installed in his place Rafael Hernández Colón, 36, a handsome and articulate supporter of Puerto Rico's 20-year commonwealth ties to the United States.

Hernández's easy victory surprised pundits and pollsters alike, who had thought the sometimes bitter race (four persons were killed in politically motivated brawls) too close to call. Yet Hernández won with...

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