The Green Papers: Puerto Rico 2011 Off-Year Election
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Puerto Rico State and Local Government

Puerto Rico 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties

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
  Candidate Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño     Juan Dalmau
  Candidate Partido Popular Democrático     Puerto Rico Senador Alejandro J. García Padilla

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

{map} Partido Nuevo Progresista Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
  Candidate Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño     Juan Manuel "Juanchín" Mercado
  Candidate Partido Nuevo Progresista; (Democratic)     Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi
FEC H8PR00062; 30 Sep 11; Tot $273,031; Dsb $279,133
  Candidate Partido Popular Democrático     Rafael Cox Alomar
FEC H2PR00065
  Candidate Partido Popular Democrático; (Democratic)     Puerto Rico Representante Héctor J. Ferrer Ríos
12 July 2011: Filed with the FEC as a Democrat.

FEC H2PR00057; 30 Sep 11; Tot $56,159; Dsb $21,179

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.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño: 2 candidates
  Partido Nuevo Progresista: 2 incumbents, 1 candidate
  Partido Popular Democrático: 3 candidates
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.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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