May 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton has double-digit lead in Puerto Rico

Clinton campaigned in Puerto Rico over the weekend.'
Clinton campaigned in Puerto Rico over the weekend.'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead in Puerto Rico, a new poll out Thursday suggests.

According to the new survey conducted for the newspaper El Vocero and Univision, the New York senator is leading Barack Obama there 51 percent to 38 percent among all adults in the commonwealth's primary this Sunday. The poll also show 52 percent of Puerto Ricans view Clinton favorably while 42 percent have a positive view of Obama.

The weekend primary will likely be the New York senator's last chance to boost her popular vote total, since Obama is widely viewed to have an advantage the final two primaries that vote Tuesday - South Dakota and Montana.

The survey was conducted May 8-20. Given the length of the survey time, it is possible it may not reflect the current views of Puerto Ricans since both candidates have visited the island since the polling began, and other recent developments on the campaign trail may have swayed voter's minds there.

Both Obama and Clinton paid visits to the island over the weekend, and Clinton is planning a return trip at the end of the week. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea have also spent the majority of the week campaigning throughout the island, hoping to drum up a high turnout.

"You will never have a chance to vote for some one who cares more who has done more and who will do more as president," Bill Clinton told potential voters in San Juan Wednesday. "So I ask you all show up and be there for her. Talk to your families talk to your friends. Send a message back to the mainland on Sunday that Puerto Rico deserves to be considered and its potential is unlimited if only you had a genuine partner in the White House."

Fifty-five delegates are up for grabs, more than were awarded in each of the three most recent voting states - Oregon, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

soundoff (607 Responses)
  1. Josh is an idiot

    Josh you are an idiot. If you have "loyalty" to Hillary, that's just like you have sold yourself to her.

    May 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Ponte

    It's so amazing! Queen Hillary was once the unopposed presumptive Dem candidate from the very first moment she announced that she would run (as if anyone thought she wouldn't!). And from that point she was dismissive of any of the other "pretenders" to the throne. Do you remember when she would actually say that some states don't really matter? (I forgot which ones they were, but it was early in the primary season last winter)

    And now she's trolling and begging for votes in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico!!! It's not even a STATE!! And with Bill and Chelsea on the stump, too! You can bet that a few months ago, those Puerto Rican votes didn't matter to her one little bit, and she probably didn't know where Puerto Rico was. But now....it "really matters".

    It's so sad how her blind ambition, parsing of facts, about-faces, two-faces, and changing of the rules has finally caught up with her.

    But I'm sure she won't stop. At the Dem Convention she'll have to be escorted from the stage by security, all the while screaming "No, no....I'm SUPPOSED to be President!! It's MINE, MINE! Nooooo......"'

    Buh-bye, Clintons.

    May 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. The Real Patriot

    Thank you Hillary and Bill for doing the job the media should have been doing back in January. Had the media done it's job and expose
    Obama he would have faded a long time ago. Now we only have McCain to choose from.

    Thank you again for a job well done. Latinos will now vote for John McCain. That is the only way they can protect our sons and daughters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    May 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. NLC frm New York

    As a Puertoriquen I am very happy to see that my latino brothers and sisters will not let me down. As far as I am concerned Obama and his campaign are the ones with the slandering and bickering against Hillary. Nancy Pelosi needs to bug out and let this run it's course. If I remember Obama was the one that said back then that the votes in Fl and Mi were meaningless, I hope she cleans the floor with him after she gets all her delegates from these states and Puerto Rico the commonwealth of the United States, unless they steal the nominee from her. GO HILLARYYYYYYYYYY

    May 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. obama supporter

    NOW THAT SMILE IS NOT FAKE!
    It appear she happiest will a drink in one hand and a whip in the other. She wants to be president? I don't think so either. We need that change in Washington in 2008. Not a bunch of drunks trying to run the country. The one in there now, didn't know the gas was @4.00 a gallon. Stay home and drink your heart out lady. Nobody cares!

    May 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Laura AZ

    I COULD REALLY CARELESS ANY MORE ABOUT THIS ELECTION!!!

    I CANT STAND OR TRUST OBAMA, EVERTHING THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH IS A COMPLETE FABRICATION OF WHAT HE WANTS HIS SUPPORTS TO BELIEVE!!!

    I WOULD MUCH RATHER KEEP A REPUBLICAN HOUSE, AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE GETTING, THAN TRUSTING SOME ONE WHO CANT GET HIS HISTORY OR POLICY FACTS WRIGHT!!!!

    MY VOTE IS NOT FOR OBAMA AND NEVER WILL BE!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Zoe

    Please have some women who are not caught in the drama, tell her, she is looking foolish and desperate....its a kindness at this point.

    Puerto Rico won't make a difference.

    Her husband also cannot relive his golden years by forcing confrontation and conflict. It makes both of them look totally ego-centric.

    May 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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