June 1st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
6 years ago

Puerto Rico kicks off final week of primaries

Sen. Hillary Clinton greets patrons Sunday at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bakery.
Sen. Hillary Clinton greets patrons Sunday at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bakery.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is wrapping up two weeks of campaigning in Puerto Rico on Sunday as voters on the island territory kick off the final week of the primary season.

Puerto Rico has 55 delegates at stake, and polls show Clinton with a comfortable lead over Sen. Barack Obama.

According to a survey conducted for the newspaper El Vocero and Univision, Clinton is leading Obama there 51 percent to 38 percent among all adults in the primary.

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  1. TodayisTheDay

    Puerto Rico , end this nonsense toda!!! . After you see the drama last couple of days by HRc. Don't give any chance for futher foul play by HRC compaign.

    Super Deligates, this goes out to you too !! You can end this and put behing TODAY !! Don't even wait until June 3rd !!

    June 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT GOING TO DO AS WELL AS SHE THINKS IN PUERTO RICO. HILLARY CLINTON DOES NOT GIVE A HOOT ABOUT AMERICA OR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SHE JUST WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT.
    BY TUESDAY NIGHT, OBAMA WILL HAVE ENOUGH DELEGATES TO WIN THE NOMINATION. OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    BYE BYE HILLARY 'PANTS SUIT' CLINTON.-–THANK GOD.

    June 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Rose Patterson

    If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, it's McCain for me and my family. She has not been treated fairly during this whole campaign, and has done extremely well in spite of it. It has been BASH HILLARY ALL THE WAY. Obama is not the person for the job. He has a VERY SCARY PAST, and saying he is not Muslim any longer, and giving up his church reallys rings hollow. People better wake up and see where this country is heading. By the way, I and my family are very staunch Democrats who don't even consider other parties.

    June 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Tamara

    Go Hillary, Cnn will probably down play your success but we are with you. Obama as the forced Nominee will have to appeal to the Hispanic community if he wants to win in November. I guess ANOTHER segment of the population that he needs.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. ed

    Obviously, if Obama gets the democratic's nomination, the majority of Hillary Clinton's supporters will vote for John McCain in November.
    Or, better yet, Senator Clinton will run as independent – having a good chance of winning the presidential race.

    June 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Maria

    Well, it is over. Obama has the nomination sewed up. Now the rabid, vagina obsessed Hillary Mob can switch to McCain. They can push for a McCain / Hillary Ticket. Call it the Nightmare ticket. It is a perfect match. McBush can screw up the economy and start several new wars. Hillary can lie and cover up McBush's mistakes and blame other people.

    June 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Tex

    As an Obama supporter, I want to thank Hillary for drawing out this nomination process. She is the one with campaign debt plus the spending of over $11 million of her own money. Her debt is still mounting. Why don't her supporters contribute and bail her out of debt. That seems they lack the true commitment necessary for to win. However, it will be over for her on Wednesday as Obama receives 68+ delegates and/or superdelegates from the last three primaries and the voting of the undedecided superdelegates, who have seen Ickes venomous remarks and threat and the "spoiled brat" behavior of Hillary supporters. Ickes remarks and the childish behavir of her supporters should convince most of the undecided superdelegates to endorse Obama and will cause commited Hillary superdelegates to switch over to Obama. Most of us who originally supported her and then switched to Obama because of her lack of character and intgrity na ddirty campaign tactics are having trouble understanding why we ever supported her in the first place. The constant whinning, "oh, poor me" syndrom and child like behavior of supportin g McBush just because Hillary lost is simply incredulous. What morons!

    June 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Mary - Independent

    Hillary could come out of Puerto Rico with good numbers, but she has too much catching up to do and little time to do it. It is unfortunate that there is so much prejudice feeling and emotion between these two democratic candidates. The Democratic party shoudl be supportive of all of the Democratic party and it should not be divided as it appears at present.

    June 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Diane Spencer

    Is there any hope for Hillary ???

    June 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. GERALD STROTHER

    2 DAYS AND IT IS OVER GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Candi SC

    Hilllary Hillary Hillary, I am tired of the same old pant suits. Hillary at least you can't steal all the votes, how low down you are.

    June 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Susan MO

    Puerto Rico........vote for HIllary.

    She will be the Best president ever!

    June 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Obama is a Drama

    and a real Big Drama.

    Someone else is directing this puppet to do things that are not good for country.

    In the list of his buddies, we hear about Mayor Kilptarick now, one more cheater.

    June 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. HILLARY'S DONE AGAIN

    HILLARY WHO IS STILL HERE?

    OH, YOU MEAN THAT WOMAN THAT DOESN'T KNOW WHEN TO THROW IN THE TOWEL, AND IS REALLY STARTING TO LOOK LIKE IT COULD BE A PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION OF WHY SHE ISN'T STEPPING ASIDE?

    IF HILLARY LOVES HER COUNTRY LIKE SHE PROFESSED THROUGH " ALLIGATOR TEARS" PRE-NEW HAMPSHIRE, SHE WOULD SERVE HER COUNTRY BEST TO STEP ASIDE AND JOIN JOHN EDWARDS IN BACKING THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEEE – BARACK OBAMA.

    HILLARY STILL HAS A SENATE SEAT IN N.Y., WHICH COULD BECOME IN JEOPARDY IF SHE CONTINUES TO TRY AND DIVIDE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    WHY IS HILLARY REFUSING TO HEED THE WORDS OF AMERICANS? IS THIS THE KIND OF PRESIDENT SHE WILL BE IF SHE EVER WERE THE PRESIDENT? WE HAVE A PRESIDENT CURRENTLY (BUSH) THAT TOO, BELIEVES HE SHOULD "STAY THE COURSE" IN THINGS , AND YOU SEE WHERE THAT GOT OUR COUNTRY INTO –WAR AND FURTHER DEBT!

    HILLARY IS IN HER DISBELIEF AND ANGER STAGES. HOPEFULLY SOON SHE CAN GET OUT OF HER CURRENT " DENIAL" STAGE AND ENTER INTO HER "ACCEPTANCE" STAGE, SO WE AMERICANS CAN GET ON WITH BEATING MCCAIN IN NOVEMBER.

    TIME FOR HILLARY TO ACCEPT HER LOSS, GET OUT OF DENIAL, –ALL FOR THE "LOVE" OF HER COUNTRY SHE PROFESSED TO HAVE PRE-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY TIME.

    June 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Desmond Sequeira

    LOOKS LIKE 38 PERCENT OF PUERTO RICANS HAVE SEEN THROUGH CLINTON. 51 PERCENT OBVIOUSLY HAVE NOT!

    June 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    I can't believe she spent 2 weeks in PR when she is broke. The financial reports that are due for the candidates for May should be very interesting.
    I wonder if all the avid supporters for Hillary have put their money where there mouths are. If she is still broke and in debt that will say a lot. She is supported with so much anger and bitterness. I wonder if that is matched by $$$$.
    I have given to Obama 3 times because he is the one I believe in. If Hillary has so much support where is the money?
    How can she afford to keep this nonsense up?

    June 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Adolfo

    Another complimentary fact to my last post is that of the 4 million citizens in PR 80-85% vote on any given election vs. 40% in the main last (50 states). Of this 80-85% of the PRican population 98% vote for either statehood or common wealth, either way they constantly reflect the commitment they have towards keeping their U.S. citizen ship. The fact that a great majority of PRicans are proud and great full to be a U.S. citizen has been reflected in the fact that per capita PRicans serve in the military or federal government in higher percentages than many of the existing 50 states. Hopefully your reporters can complement their reporting with some of these facts.

    Again thank you.

    Adolfo (PR)

    June 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. John Smith

    I would "strongly" encourage Hillary and her active supporters to form an Independent party. These people, lacking in a basic virtue of "honesty" should be removed far away from Hillary and her active supporters.

    Let us see how Hillary will do as an Independent against the Republican machine. Anyone with a "small sense" of political history will know that the Republicans are ready to take on Hillary, especially Bill! The Republicans want her so badly that they have even crossed over to vote for her, knowing that they have no good chances against Obama.

    I sincerely hope that Hillary, if she remains in the Democratic party, does not come even close to the Obama ticket. Both Bill and Hillary do not need to campaign for Obama in the general election!!

    June 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    SHUT HER UP AND SEND HER PACKING.... WHAT A MEGALOMANIAC

    June 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Reinaldo Medina

    CNN gets your fact right.

    1. Leaders from both Puerto Rico main political parties are supporting Obama and Hillary; it is not true that one party support Obama and the other Hillary.

    2. Mayaguez is a college town, but students don’t but on their college town, they go back to their hometown to cast the vote; this is because they are register on their hometown. Beside, Mayaguez has the second largest campus, but university of Puerto Rico is in Rio Piedras, 2 times larger than Mayaguez.

    3. Puerto Ricans are not voting because they want to be independence, only 3% support the independence. Puerto Ricans doesn’t participate in these primaries because it is not relevant to them.

    June 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Missy, South Carolina

    Hillary you have done a great job but will they be able to vote in November?

    June 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Anony-mouse

    To all Clinton supporters –

    Before running off to McCain, please note that the Republican party *also* cut the FL and MI votes in half. In their case, they allowed a full vote but only to half of the delegates.

    June 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. John Sutter, Miami Beach FL

    Well, what do you expect ? We rather trust the country to a respected, experienced and veteran republican than to a rookie and his "friends" that has divided the democratic party on the basis of racism and has NO EXPERIENCE AND NOTHING TO SHOW US IN HIS RESUMEN, NOTHING !! other than being a 3-year senator and a romantic rethoric.

    June 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Willy

    Rock on Hillary!!!

    June 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Blaising

    Wow! She's STILL in this thing! I had no idea she was still running. I just got back from an extended camping trip with no contact with any news sources. I guess she must have finally caught Obama in the delegate count!

    June 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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