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Political Notebook

Divided vote in Puerto Rico clouds a win for statehood

SAN JUAN — A majority of Puerto Ricans Tuesday voted for the first time to seek becoming the 51st US state in what jubilant members of the pro-statehood party call a resounding sign that the island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.

Yet, the island remains bitterly divided over its relationship to the United States and many question the validity of this week’s referendum.

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