Ben Fernandez, the only Hispanic attempting to win the Republican Party nomination for president, said yesterday he will ask the Federal Election Commission to set aside the results of the Puerto Rican primary.

He claimed that poll watchers acting in his name were denied an opportunity to vote, ballot boxes were stuffed and many voters were told he had dropped out of the race.

"I believe this to be only the tip of the iceberg. This is what I call a Puerto Rican Watergate," he said.

Fernandez came in fourth with less than 1 percent of the vote in Sunday's primary. George Bush won with 60 per cent, Howard Baker was second with 37 percent and John Connally was third with only 200 voters more than Fernandez received.

As the winner, Bush will take all of the island's 14 delegates into the national convention this July in Detroit.

While campaigning yesterday in New Hampshire, Baker said in Salem that his second-place finish in the Puerto Rico primary disappointed him, but won't change his campaign strategy.

"I had hoped to do better in it. I had hoped to win in Puerto Rico," he said. "But I have no intention of changing my campaign tactics."