Puerto Rico governor loses primary in chaotic election

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Pierluisi spoke shortly after Vázquez and said the governor could count on him: “We must all be united to move Puerto Rico forward. “

Meanwhile, Carlos Delgado, mayor of the northwestern city of Isabela for 20 years, was on the verge of a landslide to win the nomination of the main popular Democratic opposition party. Puerto Rican Senator Eduardo Bhatia and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, known for her public conversations with US President Donald Trump, have been defeated.

With over 45% of constituents reporting, Delgado got over 60% of the vote.

The results come a week after delayed and missing ballots led to a chaotic primary that forced a second ballot on Sunday in which thousands of Puerto Ricans were given a second chance to vote for the first time.

Voting centers in nearly 50 of the island’s 78 municipalities have been opened following a recent United States Supreme Court ruling that a second round of voting would take place at centers that did not never opened on August 9 or that did not stay open the required eight hours.

The opening of at least one polling center in the northern coastal town of Loíza has been delayed by more than an hour as dozens of voters complained of being left in the heat with face masks on.

“We expected that there would be no problems,” said Santiago Jiménez, a 68-year-old retiree, adding that some people have left.

Jannette Ledoux, coordinator of the unit where the polling center was located, told The Associated Press that the problem was because four volunteers had resigned late on Saturday, delaying the count of ballots before the opening of the ballots. doors.

Once the vote was cast, an elderly woman emerged after voting and shouted to those waiting, “Come on! Let’s go! Let’s go vote! Let’s go vote! “

But not everyone got to take part in Sunday’s second round.

The Supreme Court ruling permanently excluded voters like Eldy Correa, a 67-year-old retiree who visited her polling center in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo three times last Sunday and gave up on finding out more late that it opened late.

“They took away our right to vote,” she said, adding that she was angry with the chairman of the electoral commission despite his apologies. ” Sorry for what? It doesn’t solve anything.

Puerto Rico’s general election will see a record six candidates running for governor. Among them is Pierluisi, who served as governor less than a week after former governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned last year following huge protests sparked by a leaked rude conversation. However, the island’s Supreme Court ruled that Vázquez, a former justice secretary at the time, was the next in line to become governor since there was no secretary of state.

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