June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: How did Clinton win big?

(CNN) – CNN has projected that Hillary Clinton will win big in Puerto Rico. Why did she do so well there?

Two of the key reasons are her strong performance among those voters who favor statehood for Puerto Rico and her husband's popularity on the island.

According to CNN's exit polls, 60 percent of Puerto Ricans who participated in the primary favor statehood, and Clinton won 82 percent of those voters. Neither Clinton or Barack Obama have directly said they favor statehood for the island, but Clinton said earlier this week she thinks Puerto Ricans should be able to vote in the general election.

Bill Clinton's overwhelming popularity in Puerto Rico also gave the New York senator a boost. Just over 80 percent said they had a favorable view of the former president, and those voters went for Clinton by a 56 point margin, 78 percent to 22 percent. (Among the 15 percent who hold an unfavorable opinion of Bill Clinton, 76 percent voted for Obama.)


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  1. Texas4Obama

    Okay and.........yea nothing.

    Can we just move on with what matters now?

    Obama '08!

    June 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. obama's-brother

    wth,, she is scary,,
    seems like she is wearing nappies,, ohhh look at me !!
    she n her husband r biggest racist in usa n they work for zionist israeli regime,,
    go obama go

    June 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Monroe

    Hill's website claims that "Hillary has consistently stood up for the voters of Florida and Michigan." This is a bald-faced lie. She said originally in unequivocal terms that the primaries would not count.

    Why are people so enamored of her? Do they admire a liar? That could be a good bumper sticker.

    June 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Monte

    Obama supporters – don't feel so good, he can't win the votes were it counts. Big win in Nov. for John McCain. You Hillary haters will just insure a loss for the Democrats.
    The RBC took delegates from Hillary and gave them to Obama, and sits there smugly askng for unity....not a chance.

    June 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Derrick, WA

    She didn't win big. She LOST BIG! This race is over. Its been over. She's just too stubborn to admit Obama has already defeated her more then a year ago now. A Hillary win, is a Hillary Loss. Period, end of story. She's done. Its time she gets her head out of the clouds and realizes the reality and accept her fate that's been dealt to her. Obama is the Democratic Nominee, period. Enough already with this Hillary propoganda. Its Over!

    June 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Sue

    ...not exactly 'neck and neck'. She won 68% to 32%. And I would just like to say something about the sexism is this race. When Ted Kennedy ran for office, he was over 700 delegates behind. He went all the way to the convention and NOBODY was screaming for over 2 months for him to get the hell out. This whole primary has been screwed up from day 1. No wonder there is so much vitrial and divisiveness. I swear, the Democrates will never learn.

    June 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama Will not be the next president if he gets the nomination its OVER for the democratic party so We Will WELCOME OUR NEW PRESIDENT MISTER " JOHN McCAIN" obama alone can't winn sorry obamatons

    June 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Neta

    If it wasn't for Bill Clinton's popularity among the Latinos Hillary will not win by this large margin. Also, for some reason, some Latinos are not very kind to people who have darker skin than themselves. I am white, but this fact troubles me very much and my hope is that Obama as our next president s will bring all peoples together, whites, blacks and browns in unity. He will treat these infections that seperate us and heal our nation.
    Hillary today in San Juan, Puerto Rico repeated the word "Fight" 5 – 6 times. She does like to fight. We had Bush who like to fight and proved it for the past 8 years. We have a military man McCain, who wants to continue the "fight" maybe 100 years. He is comfortable fighting...
    Now Hillary is suggesting to continue "fighting" too...

    I Have Seen War I Hate War!

    June 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. JB

    I must say I am amazed at the comments in this blog. For those of you who pretend to Democratic voters and will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the Presidential nominee of the party.......by all means take your hostility and vote for McCain and against your best interests.
    To those who seemingly don't understand that the person with the most "delegates" wins the democratic nomination for President.....may I suggest you relearn the rules of the Democratic Party and the threshold number needed to win the nomination.
    And to those who have offered comments regarding the handling of the Florida and Michigan primaries I highly recommend you tuck your emotions and do some meaningful research about the core and real issues in both States that led to the DNC having to make the decisions they did.
    To the rest of the hysterics for Clinton.........get a grip, calm down, take a deep breath and realize it is over. The world will not end. Hillary, if she plays her cards right this time ( as opposed to the manner in which she blew her primary campaign), can almost write her own ticket with the Obama Campaign.........the question is: is she smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity she will be given......and will those that have supported her campaign also get smart and take advantage of Hillary's choices?

    June 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    The DNC voted for Obama to become our nominee. They did not care about the voters. HIllary Clinton has own the popular vote and superdelegates should follow popular vote if they want to have a chance in November but I suspect they will not. In which case I will vote for Hillary by simply crossing out Obama and putting in HIllary.

    The DNC did no such thing. Obama has won the popular vote, and is only

    June 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. obamamama

    Hillary does not know when to quit even when the math and the delegates are not with her. She twists her positions depending upon what is favorable to her. Who wants a flip flopper whose primary focus is herself? Her fuzzy thinking is filled with half truths and untruths, like her popular vote "lead". She's more interested in winning no matter what the costs than in the truth about who leads the party.

    June 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. R.L

    Some people have things right before their very eyes, but does not see them. The house market problem; the gas, it is at sky high prices; the economy is not at its best; the wars in Irak and Afganistan, and many more problems we are facing everyday.

    Change, a rhetoric that Obama has been using all along his campain. The campain of "change." I wish you luck and the very best to you, all the followers of Obama. He is an extremist radical, it is what many people does not see.

    Never the less, you are giving to Obama the entire United States of America; this great country, on a golden plate, at his disposition and free use to destroy it. I do not believe he has a magic stick to magically "change" all the problems we are facing day-to-day.

    Moreover, I have been a Democrat for 28 years, if Obama gets the nomination; I'm sad to say this, but I will vote for Mr. McCain in November. I'm not going to cross his name and write Hillary instead. I want my vote to be counted this time.

    Good luck to all of us!!!

    June 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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