June 11, 2017 / 11:01 PM / 2 years ago

Puerto Ricans vote overwhelmingly to apply for U.S. statehood

SAN JUAN, June 11 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to apply to Congress to become the 51st state, election officials said, although less than a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in the plebiscite.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said voters in the economically troubled U.S. island territory were sending a strong message to Congress. But Puerto Rico is seen as a low priority in Washington. (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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