The Green Papers: Puerto Rico 2009 General Election
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Capital:San Juan

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Puerto Rico State and Local Government

There are two major parties in Puerto Rico:

  • The Popular Democrats (in Spanish: Partido Popular Democrático, usually abbreviated as PPD) have tended to be pro-Commonwealth and, hence, largely anti-Statehood (though there has been a minority pro-Statehood faction within the PPD) and tends to be more or less aligned with the Democrats of the US.
  • The New Progressives (in Spanish: Partido Nuevo Progresista and abbreviated PNP) tend to be somehat more pro-Statehood than the PPD and also tend to be the more aligned with the Republicans in the US.

[There is also the minority Puerto Rican Independence Party (in Spanish: Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño- or PIP) as PR's principal "third Party"] .

However, any apparent connection of the two major Puerto Rico parties to the two US Major Parties (outside of the selection of Puerto Rico's delegates to each Party's National Convention) is as much one of convenience as it is of reality (the PPD tends to be the more liberal Party [and, much like the Democrats in the US, it is a coalition of political factions ranging from the moderately conservative to the somewhat radically socialist], while the PNP tends to be the more conservative Party [and, much like the GOP here, is the more homogeneous of the two-- with fewer "wings", most to the right of center]). Therefore, when relating the two major Parties in Puerto Rico to the two Major US Parties, one must do so most carefully, as such connections are, in the main, still rather indirect.

There are separate Democratic and Republican Party organizations (not directly connected to the Party organizations of the PPD or PNP) in relation to the Commonwealth's selection of delegates to the Major Parties' respective quadrennial National Conventions.


Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Territorial Governor

  Partido Nuevo Progresista Governor Luis G. Fortuño
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Resident Commissioner to the House of Representatives  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

{map} Partido Nuevo Progresista Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Other Third Parties
  Partido Nuevo Progresista: 2 incumbents
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.


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