Puerto Rico voted to become a state on Tuesday for the first time in its 114 years as a United States territory.
CNN and the BBC reported 54 percent of Puerto Rico voters elected in the first part of a two-part referendum to change the territory's status with the U.S., while 46 percent opposed. In the second part, 61 percent chose statehood, with 33 percent opting for the semi-autonomous "sovereign free association" and only 6 percent for independence.
The referendum, while non-binding, represents the first time a majority of Puerto Ricans have voted for statehood. Any application for statehood will need to be approved by Congress, which has never denied a petition for statehood.