Puerto Rico votes to seek statehood

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But while both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney said they supported Puerto Rico's ballot initiative, it is unclear whether the U.S. Congress will act on the resolution.

In 2011, Obama said he would respect "a clear decision" of Puerto Rico voters on the issue.

But the initiative may be stalled by the apparent defeat of Gov. Luis Fortuno, the pro-statehood governor who was a rising star within the Republican Party. Fortuno lost to challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has advocated maintaining the current semiautonomous relationship, by less than 1 percentage point, according to initial election returns.