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Puerto Rico Governor Vazquez Loses Primary Race to Pierluisi

  • A lack of ballots derailed the first gubenatorial primary
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Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez lost her chance at reelection Sunday after Pedro Pierluisi, the island’s former non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, edged her out in a historic gubernatorial primary race.

With 75.6% of voting stations reporting, Pierluisi had won about 57.9% of the votes versus Vazquez’s 42.1%, clinching the nomination for the ruling New Progressive Party, or PNP. Pierluisi claimed victory after Vazquez recognized his lead and said she respected the will of voters.