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Amid debate over island's status, Puerto Ricans prepare to help choose a GOP nominee
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ' Welcome to the Caribbean, Republicans.
Puerto Rico doesn't get full voting privileges in Congress. And it doesn't help pick the president in the general election.
But a string of contests in the American heartland has left the GOP primary unsettled. The fight goes to the U.S. territory, giving Puerto Rico a potentially significant voice in choosing the Republican presidential nominee.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday riding high on momentum from winning GOP primaries in Alabama and Mississippi.
Front-runner Mitt Romney is set to arrive on the island on Friday.
With the GOP presidential contest turning into a prolonged fight for convention delegates, Puerto Rico's 20 delegates could turn out to be critical.
The island holds its Republican primary on Sunday.