A voter signs in at a polling station to vote in the general election, at an elementary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)
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Residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens, but they can't vote in the U.S. presidential election, a fact that the island's leading candidate for governor wants to change.Polls ahead of Tuesday's vote showed Ricardo Rossello of the pro-statehood party leading a field of six candidates that include main opponent David Bernier, who opposes statehood.Rossello, a scientist and the son of a former governor who also sought to make Puerto Rico the 51st state, argues that barring island residents from voting for president deprives 3.5 million people of their full rights. Bernier, Rossello's leading opponent, has acknowledged that the island's commonwealth status -- on which his party was built -- is no longer viable.
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