Is Puerto Rico About to Become the 51st State 11/8/12 By Daniel Greenfield Once the euphoria fades, more of the media will turn to pushing Puerto Rican statehood after a non-binding referendum where Puerto Ricans sorta voted for statehood but not really. Why all the caveats? 1. The only reason that statehood even pulled off a slim majority is because the economy has hit Puerto Rico hard and theyre looking for more money. --- Is Puerto Rico About to Become the 51st State?