The Green Papers: Puerto Rico 2004 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
General Election: Tuesday 2 November 2004
2002-2010 Representatives:0(0.00% of 435)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000): 
Capital:San Juan

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Puerto Rico State and Local Government

Puerto Rico 2004 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.

2004 election results from


Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2000, 2004. Territorial Governor

Seat up for election   Partido Popular Democrático   Governor Sila Maria Calderón
First elected: 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2004
Open Seat
  Elected Partido Popular Democrático 963,303 48.40% Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá
  Candidate Partido Nuevo Progresista 959,737 48.22% Pedro Rosselló
  Candidate Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño 54,551 2.74% Rubén Berríos Martínez
  Candidate --scatter-- 12,781 0.64% (Otros)
Write-in: 3,779; Blank: 4,960; Void: 4,042
  Candidate Write-In     (Carlos I. Pesquera - pending)
Total 1,990,372 100.00%  
 On 29 December 2004 Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá was declared the winner of the 2 November 2004 Puerto Rico Territorial Governor's election. The final tally is Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá [Popular Democratic Party] 963,303 votes to Pedro Rosselló [New Progressive Party] 959,737 votes. The inauguration is set for Sunday 2 January 2005. The original results had Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá leading Pedro Rosselló by 3,880 votes out of 1,970,759. In dispute were mixed vote ballots, that is, those ballots that were marked as a straight-vote for one party and then for one or more candidates of another party. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court decided that these disputed ballots must be adjudicated as valid. On Appeal, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston decided to return the case to the Puerto Rico courts.
News Media Report

Resident Commissioner to the House of Representatives  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2000, 2004

Seat up for election   Partido Popular Democrático   Resident Commissioner Anibal Acevedo-Vilá
First elected: 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2004
Open Seat - Running for Governor in 2004. In Congress itself, Resident Commissioner Acevedo-Vila identifies himself as a Democrat.
  Elected Partido Nuevo Progresista 956,828 48.61% Luis Fortuño
Identifies with the Republican Party
  Candidate Partido Popular Democrático 945,691 48.04% Roberto L. Prats Palerm
  Candidate Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño 56,589 2.87% Edwin Irizarry Mora
  Candidate --scatter-- 9,447 0.48% (Otros)
Write-in: 445; Blank: 4,960; Void: 4,042
Total 1,968,555 100.00%  
 Returns from an official source


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