June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
6 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.)


Filed under: Exit Polls • Schneider analysis
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. James

    Irrelevant. If a primary does not matter, as Clinton puts it, this is it. These people don't vote in November. So, who cares? And she adds their popular votes too? LOL. What a farce.

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Eric Thornley

    Wright – Puerto Ricans are guilty of believing in the hype for Hillary, clearly, they did not think for themselves.

    bk – What trouncing? This was a tailor for Hillary Clinton, much like Virginia was for Obama. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't prove anything.

    Hillary 08 – You go do that, and destroy this country too.

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. seah

    The majority of Democrats want Hillary.

    Same reason she got so many votes in the primaries.

    She would have more If pelosi and dean had not publicaly insisted on the primaries ending early months before all voters had a chance to vote.

    the pressure the super delegates to publicly endorse. They influence the voters,

    They should be sanctioned by the DNC for medling in an election process.

    The rules say a Elect will be chose at the convention.

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Lisa

    If I was a superdelegate, this Puerto Rico win would mean absolutely nothing to me. So What...She won.. They can't even vote in the general election! This is not anything negative towards them, but the reality of it is.. You should have just went to Church and back home. You waisted your time.

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. DEMOCRATS UNITE

    THANK GOD PR CAN'T VOTE IN THE GE,LET HILLARY HAVE HER MOMENT IT IS HER LAST. POP VOTE IS NOT THE METERIC WE DETERMINE OUR NOMINEE,HOPEFULLY OBAMA WILL WIN THE LAST TWO THANK GOD FOR THAT. AND ENOUGH SD WILL VOTE AND HE BECOMES OUR NOMINEE AND WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE GE TO FIGHT MCSAME. IF HILLARY HAD ANY INTEGRITY SHE WOULD GET OUT OF THE RACE NOW AT LEAST GO OUT WITH A VICTORY THEN HELP UNITE OUR PARTY( I GUESS THAT IS PROBABLY ASKING TOO MUCH)

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Not sleeping at the switch

    LOL You Hillabots crowing about a trouncing must not know PR s History NOR the fact that winning in PR is about as meaningless as any win can be. Winning the Largest WELFARE STATE in the ( well territory) World that has ZERO input in a general election is about as weak as you can get.

    BUT The Hillabots will CROW as usual as if it is the defining moment of the election and she is WINNING LOL.

    I have $1000.00 that says she tries to claim these votes as POPULAR Votes even though she TOTALLY DIMISSED U.S> Ctizens Votes cast in the Caucas'.... Any Takers????

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Jim

    Great Hillary! On to Montana and South Dakota! You are the best for us all!

    Funny how Obama just keeps losing all of the primaries one after the other and the press, the DNC, and his supporters keep telling us that he has received the nomination and we should stop the whole thing. They've been saying stop since February but Hillary wins more and more every time. Could they be wrong?

    June 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. one nation under god!!!!

    The boy is unelectable.

    June 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. chitown independent

    "Chut Pata June 1st, 2008 3:28 pm ET

    By her own yardstick, Puerto Rico should not count because the win does not make anyone electable, as Puerto Rico does not vote in General Elections.

    However she likes rules that favor her and wants to change that do not favor her. So she would want to count Puerto Rico win in, and would not want to count caucuses in."

    Chut Pata,

    Do you have families who don't live in your state? If yes, you can bet that people who live in PR also have relatives live outside PR as well. I hope you can deduce where I am going with your statement.

    June 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. James

    Puerto Rico, another state democrats need to carry in November. Wait, they won't vote.

    June 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. MARTY MCCLAIN

    YEARS AGO IT WAS ALWAYS A CONVENTION FIGHT- WHY NOT NOW?
    WHEN DID THEY START DECIDING THE PARTY CANIDATE BEFORE THE CONVENTION?

    June 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Adam from Chicago

    People, People, People!

    Is it not obvious why Barack is not doing as well in these last primaries?

    HE DOESN'T NEED TO!

    He has turned his attention on the general election and is visiting SWING states. Hillary has been in Puerto Rico EVERY DAY. Barack has been dividing his attention on the rest of the country.

    Hillary lost the nomination, but won a pointless primary... Puerto Rico doesn't even get a vote in the general election... so congrats! Now she will tell us how Puerto Rico is always the place that decides the president... I mean... No president has ever been elected into office without winning Puerto Rico!

    Ha.Ha.Ha. Hillaryous.

    June 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Franky

    No offense to Hillary but I don't expect a huge turnaround if she wants try and get the popular vote. They might be Americans but they do have their own land......

    June 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. one nation under god!!!!

    Only way he can win is if he rigs the votes.Only the media supports him

    June 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Susan MO

    She is a strong candidate who is for ALL the people.

    Hillary, keep going.

    We need you for our president.

    June 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Democrat

    DO NOT QUIT HILLARY. I will not vote for Obama. I will hold my nose and vote for McSame......

    June 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. MD in CT

    CNN HAS NOT INCLUDED MY LAST 2 COMMENTS. IS IT BECAUSE YOU FAVOR CLINTON?

    June 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. AJ, IL

    Jason, I will tell you why Hillary is still winning primaries at the end of the race. One reason is the high woman (white that is) turnout for her with her allegations of sexism, and secondly is simply popular ex-Democratic President Bill Clinton.

    No one is pointing to specific traits that Hillary has to be President other this argument of Hillary's toughness (as a fighter) and Bill Clinton. Hillary is not a stand-alone woman candidate that got where she is by her own accords. A man, specifically the legacy of Bill Clinton, is what Hillary is riding own. Nothing more and nothing less.

    June 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. chitown independent

    "Frank June 1st, 2008 3:24 pm ET

    Who cares – meaningless.
    Apparently Hillary Clonton wants the legacy of spoiling a November Democratic win by Obama."

    Frank,

    If Obama is really THAT good, no one can spoil anything from him. He winning the nomination, isn't he? I am sure the Obama supporters know that artificially putting up a candidate of their choice will not win the Nov. GE. So you guys start blaming Hillary Clinton in preparation for dealing with Obama's loss?

    I am an independent, and I am doubtful Obama will win knowing he has nothing to win. What really means nothing is Obama's rhetoric.

    June 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Lana, NATIVE AMERICAN CHEROKEE INDIAN

    Of all of the photo's taken of hillary in that truck, you at cnn choose a photo of her privates somewhat exposed.
    Just more evidence of the sexist attitude toward her. Disgusting

    June 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. HolyGhost

    Hillary's win in Puerto Rico is meaningless.

    However, this win will probably give her a bit more fuel to finally burn up the DEMOCRATIC PARTY for good.

    June 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. BS

    ask the right question and you will get the right answer?

    June 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. canada

    I HOPE HILARY CLINTON RUNS AS AN INDEPENDANT..I THINK VERY STRONGLY SHE COULD WIN OVER MCCAIN AND OBAMA.....THEN LETS SEE WHAT THE PUNDANTS AND THE NAY SAYERS HAVE TO SAY.............GO FOR IT HILARY............

    June 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. the jackal

    Jason,because Obama did not campain in PR,he took one day.
    I do think that he is wrong for not campaining in this country.
    Reminds me of the turtle and the rabbit.
    If he loses it will because he quit campaining, he should know better, it is not over until it is over, As cheatery clinton.

    June 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. where the beef?

    Another 35point loss. BO can't win in Nov. Hillary locked up the popular vote today no matter what happens in SD & MT

    June 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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