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  Puerto Rico Status Plebiscite
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Parents > United States > Puerto Rico > Referenda > Puerto Rican Political Status
Office
Type Referendum
Filing Deadline December 00, 1998 - 12:00pm
Polls Open December 13, 1998 - 06:00am
Polls Close December 13, 1998 - 01:00pm
Term Start December 14, 1998 - 12:00pm
Term End January 03, 2013 - 12:00pm
ContributorScott³
Last ModifiedTX DEM February 18, 2012 01:34pm
Data SourcesPuerto Rico Elections [Link]
Description This plebiscite provided for additional voting options for political status, instead of
the usual three of Commonwealth, Statehood or Independence.

The Free Association option - basically a transitional quasi-independence status.

"In this plebiscite, the leadership for the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) backed
continued commonwealth status, but campaigned in favor of “none of the above”
because of disagreement with the “territorial” definition of the commonwealth option
on the ballot." [Link]

The end result was basically for continued status quo, with many unhappy with the
choices offered. Seemingly, the option that was favored by the plurality would have
been "Enhanced Commonwealth" which was not an option in this plebiscite. It would
"mix-and-match the most beneficial features of statehood and separate nationality." [Link]
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyNonpartisan Won11/14/1993
Name Commonwealth Votes826,326 (48.58%)
Term11/14/1993 - 12/12/1998 Margin38,030 (+2.24%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyNonpartisan Won11/06/2012
Name Statehood Votes824,195 (61.11%)
Term01/03/2013 - 12/31/9999 Margin374,516 (+27.77%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
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KEY RACE? 0.0000000000 Average
LEANING PREDICTIONS    Detail
CandidateSlightLeanStrongSafe
Leaning Call: 0 (0.00%)
Weighted Call: 0 (0.00%)

CANDIDATES
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Name None of the Above Statehood Independence Blank - Void Free Association "Territorial" Commonwealth  
PartyNonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan  
Certified Votes787,900 (50.30%) 728,157 (46.49%) 39,838 (2.54%) 4,846 (0.31%) 4,536 (0.29%) 993 (0.06%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -59,743 (-3.81%) -748,062 (-47.76%) -783,054 (-49.99%) -783,364 (-50.01%) -786,907 (-50.24%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $--  
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ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsements
  Popular Democratic Party / Partido Popular Democrático (PPD)
AENM Angry Russian
IndP 6921
D Andy
  New Progressive Party / Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP)
R Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!
Veg Thomas Walker
  Puerto Rican Independence Party / Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño (PIP)
 

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 31, 1998 03:00am Election Guide Puerto Rico: 1998 Status Plebiscite Vote Summary  Article Scott³ 

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