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Puerto Rico votes 97% favor of U.S. statehood

Carlos Giusti/AP

Puerto Rico voted on Sunday in favor of becoming the 51st state. The vote was 97% in favor of statehood. Puerto Rico's governor will send lawmakers to Washington, but Congress has the final say.

How they got such a wide margin: Only 23% of registered voters voted after of the anti-statehood movement called for a boycott of the election, hoping that a low turnout would lessen the credibility of the vote. Those against statehood cite reasons like losing the island's cultural identity and having to pay more in federal taxes, according to a Washington Post report. Those for statehood cite a possible U.S. bailout from its current financial mess as a leading reason, according to the New York Times.