Disappointed about the November 6, 2012 election outcome? You are not alone, because everyone won something and lost something last night. President Obama won a second term, securing 50.3% of the national vote and 332 electoral college votes (projected if Florida holds). This is a sharp drop from his 52.9% / 365EV triumph four years ago. And Republicans won a solid majority in the House of Representatives which is projected to be a 235-200 seat majority, so Democrats will not control the legislature like they did when Nancy Pelosi was in charge back in 2008. This is divided government, and one can hope it will no longer be the divisive government of the last four years.
The biggest surprise of last night’s voting is, I suspect, an outcome you have not heard about yet and might not even believe is true. This is no spoof, and I suspect it may be the most historic shift that history will record about the election of 2012. I pray it will be embraced by all parties. Are you ready for Puerto Rico as the 51st state?
A slim majority of Puerto Ricans sought to change their ties with the United States and become the 51st U.S. state in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.
The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States. Nearly 54 percent, or 922,374 people, sought to change it, while 46 percent, or 786,749 people, favored the status quo. Ninety-six percent of 1,643 precincts were reporting as of early Wednesday.
I have been dreaming of this day for a long time, and it is the first time our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico voted in the majority to join as a state. The change will remind all Americans about what our union really is, and who we as a people truly are. Time to celebrate!
(Here is the link to the AP story at Yahoo!)