June 1st, 2008
02:55 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton's heavy campaigning appears to pay off

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton appears to be benefiting from her extensive campaigning in Puerto Rico.

The New York Democrat spent 6 of the last 7 days campaigning on the island, while Barack Obama only made one visit to the territory. Among those Puerto Rican voters who decided in the last week, Clinton has a 31 point advantage, 67 percent to 33 percent.

The vast majority of Puerto Rican voters (78 percent) also said the candidates' personal visits to the island - a rarity in previous presidential contests – had a big impact on how they voted.


Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Pedeen

    With all respects to the people of Puerto Rico! their votes are insignificant in the General election which makes the whole primary election absolute!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. terri

    Who cares she is still a loser and they can't vote in the GE

    June 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. lila

    It does annoy me that Obama has blown off campaigning in Puerto Rico.. Also he blew off WV and Kentucky. It's the same mistake Hillary made when she blew off the 10 states that Obama won in a row after super tuesday. They were smallish and not wirth her time back then. She learned big state wins only gave her a few delegates in a win because they were close. She also learned that smaller states gave her a lot more when she won big. Obama seems to have forgotten how he racked up all his delegates, It was from his 10 land-slide wins in small states.

    Maybe he does not need to keep Hillary's win's to a small number now,, but it's still not smart, imho.

    June 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Mark Webb

    Bravo Scheider! Six in row for a territory which will not even vote in general election!!!!!!
    Maybe Clinton and Schneider will explain us why Puerto Rico is more important than regular states?????

    June 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. beckett

    Let's all blindly continue to ignore these astonishing landslide victories and happily walk off the cliff together. Democrats seem more comfortable in the minority anyway. Less responsibility.

    June 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Jean, CANADA

    Don't you have anything else better to do Schneider????!! CLINTON IS HISTORY!!!

    Let's look to the future, OBAMA 08, 12 the TRUTH.

    June 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Cindy

    She did look reaaaaaly comfortable campaigning down there. Think about it.... if New York doesn't want her anymore, she can always move to Puerto Rico!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. patrick

    Puerto Rico overwhelmingly rejected him...

    Color plays a BIG role!

    June 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Marge Hibbing Mn

    wait wait if obama tells the DNC to, they will take all those votes and give em to him, after all the people of Florida and Michigan said they DID NOT WANT HIM, the DNC turned around and gave him the votes didn't they. Kinda like they are GIVING him the nomination and making sure that McCain gets the presidency....

    June 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Freddy

    on your face obama...If you can not get the latino vote how you think you will win

    June 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Jane, NC

    So it was Clinton's "heavy campaigning" and not the fact that Puerto Ricans were simply inclined to vote for her because she was the better candidate. An attempt at subtlety, but still bias.

    As for Fla. and Mich., let's hope the Democratic Party never again places a candidate's name on the ballot unless that candidate's votes will be counted!

    June 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Kristin Bolton MA

    Yes. Never mind Hillary's vote for the iraq war and the Kyl-Lieber amendment ok-ing war with Iran or her comment about obliterating Iran. By all means, just count the visits and vote accordingly. - Talk about low information voters.

    June 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. B. Churchill

    This is big news! – we all know how critical Puerto Rico is in the general election.... Did you know that no democratic candidate has ever made it to the White House without first, er, I mean, no mainlander has ever, now what was that, again? No, wait – I've got it – no territory where residents can't vote in the general election has ever... Stop it! I'm trying to keep a straight face! This is serious business – if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, they'll vote for Ricky Martin!

    June 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. okmichael

    Schneider - how is it that you and Wolf keep acting as if the definition of the popular vote is not in question......you';re ignoring the fact that for any election to really count, you have to set the conditions for the election to be full and fair. That was not the case in Michigan and Florida – how can you call those valid elections when Obama wasn't on the ballot in one, and didn't campaign in either. And what about the caucus states who don't release vote counts?

    I'm not saying this as a rabid Obama supporter - I'm not. I just don't understand how you can spout, without qualification, that Hillary has overtaken in popular vote. Thank god Anderson is up there trying to remind people of this.

    June 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. one nation under god!!!!

    The boy is unelectable.

    June 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. sandrabarret

    Hillary, go home!

    June 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Joanne

    Keep Hilary in Puerta Rico.

    PLEASE KEEP BILL AS WELL

    WE ARE SICK OF THEIR POLITICS.

    June 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. ELLAGENEMSMITH

    IF THIS THING KEEPS GOING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE DISILLUSIONED SEN OBAMA HAS BROUGHT OUT THOUSANDS HE IS A UNITER NOT A DIVIDER AS SEN CLINTON IS THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHY HAVE THEY MOVED THINGS UP SEN OBAM HAS THE 2025 VOTES NEEDED TO CLINCH THIS WHY DID THEY NOT DO THIS TO SEN MCCAIN . WE NEED A CHANGE AND SOMEBODY NEW WE CANNOT HAVE A BUSH/CLINTON REGIME FOREVER

    June 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. ken

    She can as well remain there as their president. We don't need her back in the mainland!

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. one nation under god!!!!

    I wonder how ther liberal fascist media will spin this.

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Loretta from California

    When you subtract Puerto Rico, how popular is she? Why do we include Puerto Rico to determine popularity when they cannot vote in the general election?

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. mike

    Clintons extensive campaign in Puerto Rico was because she is loosing and she is trying to make some stupid argument that she is winning. Hillary you wasted your money by campaigning extensively in Puerto Rico knowing it wont make any difference.

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Darrin Ford

    I am a 36 year professional who has now decided that I WILL NOT VOTE in the general election if the dem. party does not put at the nominee the person who has the poplar vote. I want to be totally clear. Even if the republicans may win I will not vote period, and I have always voted. Futher, I live in a swing state!

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Voice

    Wolf Bliter and Schbeider cannot wait to annoce that Clnton is leading the popular vote at 3:03 on saturday. They cannot wait!

    I cannot wait to see their disappointment and humilation when their projection falls short. I cannot wait to trash their self-claimed fair and balanced journalism. It is baseless and biased journalism CNN!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Thanks Puerto Rico!!

    June 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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