2016 Puerto Rican general election
Election results map. Blue denotes municipalities won by Rosselló, and Red denotes those won by Bernier.
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Elections in Puerto Rico
General elections were held in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to elect the officials of the Puerto Rican government that will serve from January 2017 to January 2021, most notably the Governor of Puerto Rico. Rossello was elected Governor of Puerto Rico with the lowest percentage of votes since 1968. The election also resulted in a historic 23% drop in turnout. 2016's participation was the lowest voter turnout in Puerto Rican history. Rossello would go on to serve a 2 year term, having to resign after historic protests as a result of Telegramgate scandal. Wanda Vázquez Garced succeeded Rossello.
- 1 Governor of Puerto Rico
- 2 Final candidates
- 3 Results
- 4 See also
- 5 References
Governor of Puerto Rico
Before the election year, the Constitution of Puerto Rico provides for any qualified person to present their candidacy for a specific position. If two or more candidates from the same party present their candidacy for the same position, and they can't reach an agreement within the party, a primary election is held. This election is held within the inscribed members of each party, to select which of the candidates will represent the party in the general election.
New Progressive Party (PNP)
Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
Two minor parties officialized their gubernatorial candidates. The Working People's Party (PPT) nominated Rafael Bernabe once again. The Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) nominated María de Lourdes Santiago.
As of November 2015, two independent candidates expressed their interest in running for Governor:
The official candidates for the position of Governor of Puerto Rico are:
- David Bernier, Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
- Ricky Rosselló, New Progressive Party (PNP)
- María de Lourdes Santiago, Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP)
- Rafael Bernabe Riefkohl, Working People's Party of Puerto Rico (PPT)
- Alexandra Lúgaro, Independent candidate
- Manuel Cidre, Independent candidate
The official candidates for the position of Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico are:
- Héctor Ferrer, Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
- Jenniffer González, New Progressive Party (PNP)
- Hugo Rodríguez, Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP)
- Mariana Nogales, Working People's Party of Puerto Rico (PPT)
Senate of Puerto Rico
The ballot featured sixteen (16) candidates from four different parties and one independent candidate (bold denotes incumbent candidates)
House of Representatives
The ballot featured sixteen (16) candidates from four different parties (bold denotes incumbent candidates)
|Ricky Rosselló||New Progressive Party||660,510||41.80|
|David Bernier||Popular Democratic Party||614,190||38.87|
|María de Lourdes Santiago||Puerto Rican Independence Party||33,729||2.13|
|Rafael Bernabe Riefkohl||Working People's Party||5,430||0.34|
The candidate from the New Progressive Party (PNP) Ricky Rosselló beat the candidate from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) David Bernier obtaining 41.76% of the votes against 38.92% for Bernier. Most notably, the two independent candidates – Alexandra Lúgaro and Manuel Cidre – managed to arrive in third and fourth place with 11.12% and 5.73% respectively. For the fourth election in a row, the candidate of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) failed to receive the required 3% of the votes to remain registered. The same result happened to Rafael Bernabe from the Working People's Party (PPT) for the second election in a row.
|New Progressive Party (PNP)||1,440,050||50.4||15||664,553||45.3||6||21|
21 / 30
|Popular Democratic Party (PPD)||1,210,903||42.4||1||503,630||34.3||6||7|
7 / 30
|Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP)||150,904||5.3||0||130,583||8.9||1||1|
1 / 30
|Working People's Party (PPT)||53,335||1.9||0||9,957||0.7||0||0|
0 / 30
1 / 30
House of Representatives
|New Progressive Party (PNP)||750,840||50.3||28||705,753||48.6||6||34|
34 / 51
|Popular Democratic Party (PPD)||644,316||43.2||12||605,887||41.7||4||16|
16 / 51
|Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP)||71,442||4.8||0||121,066||8.3||1||1|
1 / 51
|Working People's Party (PPT)||22,169||1.5||0||19,537||1.3||0||0|
0 / 51
0 / 51
|Jenniffer González||New Progressive Party||713,605||48.77|
|Héctor Ferrer||Popular Democratic Party||691,419||47.25|
|Hugo Rodríguez||Puerto Rican Independence Party||39,395||2.69|
|Mariana Nogales||Working People's Party of Puerto Rico||18,871||1.29|
Despite losing most of the Senate and the House, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) managed to win a majority of the mayoralty races in the island, with a total of 45 out of 78 municipalities. The New Progressive Party (PNP) won a total of 33.
- New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico primaries, 2016
- Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico primaries, 2016
- "Bernabe aspirará nuevamente a la gobernación por el PPT". El Nuevo Día. October 25, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- Figueroa, Alex (March 17, 2015). "Abogada Alexandra Lúgaro oficializa su candidatura independiente para la gobernación". Primera Hora. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
- "Manuel Cidre oficializa candidatura independiente a la gobernación". Metro. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015.