June 1st, 2008
02:55 PM ET
10 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. ben

    Ask her what she will do on Wednesday morning when she will be a normal citizen just like us. No press and no race and gender card to play and ya, no delegates coming on her way.
    Go home Clintons!

    June 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    She got every thing she wanted and needed and still haven't closed the delgate gap. This primary is about delegates and not popular votes. So her win in Pueto Rico is not going to make any difference either. More so, this is not a popularity contest. If that were the case, she would have won the primary along time ago. After all, it was her popularity that made most people believe that this primary was hers to win until Obama beat her at her own game.

    June 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Tyrone Brown

    Clinto will win Puerto Rico and win big, but in the end Obama will be our candidate.

    June 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Gloria

    Who cares? In PR they don't even know about this primary... So, what's the big news.... if less than 200, 000 voted? What happened with HER popular vote? Thanks God, it is the last day we will see this menatlly ill woman on TV... Today is the end of Clintons! We are so happy!

    June 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Al Rider from Dallas

    Making a BIG DEAL on PR vote, Mrs. Clinton will stay two more days in the campagin to get as much donation as she can get to pay her loan back to herself. This is a LEGAL way of begging money for someone's own irresponsibility.

    June 1, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    pays off in what way? a meaningless win in PR?

    Megalomaniac Hillary needs to shut up and step down.

    June 1, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ken

    One can tell that Barack Hussein Obama does not even care about those voting in Puerto Rico. ONLY ONE visit by Barack Hussein Obama???? He does not deserve the votes from the important Puerto Rico!

    Hillary Clinton deserves and has earned the votes from the people of Puerto Rico, and across the nation! She is the strongest candidate who CAN beat McCain in November.

    Hillary Clinton is the President that the people want. It has been shown by the popular votes, beating out Barack Hussein Obama!

    Hillary Clinton, our next President in 2008

    June 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. JC

    Hillary thinks she knows what's the best for you.
    If you want to be told how to live your life and make your comments in public, vote for Hillary and enjoy her ruling.

    June 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Megan

    What exactly is this going to do for Hillary? Do they even get to vote in the general election, as a territory? I mean honestly. What is the flippin point anymore. Barack is going to be the nominee no matter where she campaigns at. Give a rest Hil. Leave in peace.

    June 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Frank

    For votes that mean nothing in November.
    Here is the bottom line:
    Either Clinton or Obama can "spoil" the electability of the other.
    So the real question becomes " how do you want to be remembered?"
    Apparently Clinton as a "jerk" – forgive my language.
    Frank in Deerfield, IL

    June 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Ryan

    According to exit polls sexism and racism helped Clinton a lot. I am very confused as to why Clinton seems to claim differently.

    Over 30% of Clinton's supporters said race was an important factor. Two thirds of which said it was the most important factor.

    Nearly 60% of Clinton's supporters said gender was important.. Over two thirds of which said it was the most important factor.

    June 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Lois

    Who cares? Hillary is toast. I am sick of this selfish, childish woman. Hillary and her supporters are sickening. Trying to use blackmail to get this divisive woman on the ballot. The supporters are just like Clinton. This is so sickening, I have absolutely had it with so called Democrats.

    June 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. shaolinPrince

    I do not understand why Puerto Rico voted so overwhelmingly for Clinton, she has never done anything for Puerto Ricans. Bill Clinton did nothing for Puerto Rico, he didn’t even stop the bombings taken place there. Exactly, what have the Clintons done for Puerto Rico. Did Bill Clinton make Puerto Rico a state? NO! Did he stop the bombings and pullout? NO! So tell why my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters fell for the propaganda?

    I have yet to understand what Clinton has ever done for Hispanics or Blacks. Unless you count visiting our neighborhoods and churches (because of politics), she has never done anything for us. I am from New York and I know from first hand experience that she has never come out and made any difference in any common problems that face both Blacks and Hispanics here. Clinton, like many Democrats and republicans have made sure that Hispanics and Blacks stay divided because of fear of a very powerful voting block if we were to unite. We (Blacks and Hispanics) allowed ourselves to be manipulated by the media, and politicians into believing that Hispanics and Blacks are enemies, when in fact we face many of the same problems. Clinton stated that she represents a million Puerto Ricans here in New York but what has she actually done. Nothing! I grew up where Blacks and Hispanics were close and even had a saying “Black and Brown that’s how we get down”. However, the media and politicians have instilled into the American people that that Hispanics and Blacks have a dislike for each other so those who do not know the truth believe such propaganda. The media and politicians have made it seem like Blacks will not vote for Hispanics and Hispanics will not vote for Blacks, which is not true. However, when you hear it long enough you start to believe it and vote according to that propaganda. Clinton during this election has played that up from the beginning to keep us divided implying that because Obama is Black, Hispanics should not vote for him. This type of divisiveness by Clinton is a tactic to keep us apart. We (Hispanics and Blacks) must come together and ask Clinton what have you truly done for us.

    June 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Peachy Keen

    Ha ha. This is hilarious. Of course she spent alot ot time there. She didn't have anyplace else to go. She needed the vacation.

    Too bad it's all for nought. I really don't understand why they even waste their time having a primary when they can't vote in the general. Must be the fact a few people get a free paid vacation to the convention.

    Bye Bye Hillary. See you on the talk circuit.

    June 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Lechipan

    Clinton's case is sealed and long forgotten....she should quit and give Obama some space to win against McCain.

    June 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    If she was such a favorite why did she have to campaign so heavy, did she have a lot of convincing to do

    June 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. concerned

    Hoorah SHE won – just what she wanted after campaigning all week. I'm glad we are winding down to the END. If it will please her to be called the winner of the popular vote – then please Sen. Obama give her her props so she can EXIT.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.......................

    June 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. bskahn

    Congratulations to Hillary Clinton-The new President of Puerto Rico!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Rob


    June 1, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Once Clinton Backer

    So this means what in the General election???

    Nothing short of wishful voting... until they have full voting rights this means simply nothing....

    Hillary Clinton, will not be President , however she is threatening the Democratic Party for the post of Vice President. I fear now that she will not respect Obama once he is the President and she will conduct a secret backdoor government..

    Keep the Clintons out of the White House... Bill Clinton Part II

    June 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Gianni

    Who cares?If she won the other two states with margins,it wouldn´t make a difference.She is deluded,divisive,parochial and she should get used to working back in the senate.

    June 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. AP

    It is ironic that campaign could be so aggressive in a state that will not vote in November.

    June 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. carrie,obama baby


    June 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Milliegee

    It was always predicted that Senator Clinton would win big in Puerto Rico. But they don't vote in the general elections. What was the point? Incur more debt?

    June 1, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. jesse

    Great she wins big in Puerto Rico, which cannot vote in November. She spent several days there, maybe she should have spent time in states that count.

    June 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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