June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
9 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. Jennifer

    Jason, Clinton is "winning" the primaries at the end because West Virginia and Kentucky are in general very racist states. not everyone, but Senator Byrd of WV got ahead by joining the KKK when he was younger, so go figure that the state went to the white candidate, and Puerto Rico is going for Clinton because they know her better. Clinton is a known name, but it only counts now, it is not a state yet. When it becomes a state then it matters the same as states, but until then this is a futile victory.

    June 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. jane in CA

    What next for Hillary if she does not win the nomination? 1) Asking all American women protest behind her for sex discrimination; next, if it still doesn't work, 2) Math calculation needs to be changed for this whole world, addition becomes subtraction and positive sign becomes negative sign.

    June 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Tsst!

    and 93% said the candidate's visits to Puerto Rico were important, with 71% among them supporting Clinton! The fact that the number is there does not mean it was THE main reason. This is clearly a year of creative mathematics.

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

    good for her...I'm sure that Sen. Clinton is very proud that she won
    Puerto Rico on her husband's merits. The rest of us, who voted for
    Sen. Obama because of HIS merits, are ready to move on now...

    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. one nation under god!!!!

    yum yum yum said the hungry republican.Its official the dem party has been hijacked by the liberal fascists.

    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. eminikon

    Congrats to Hillary Clinton on her win. She is a great senator representing PR but am afraid this win is little too late. Her campaign was flawed from the beginning just like Guliani. two people who ran a " am the inevitable nominee" campaign. infact before IOWA. mark penn spent all of hillary's campaign money holding partys and celebrating hillarys win even before the first vote. Clinton said herself that she will lock up the nomination on Feb 5th. she said that herself. My dear clinton supporters its not Obama's fault that clinton didnt have a post feb 5th strategy , its not Obama's fault that her campagn strategists were self-serving lobbysts who only cared about their consultancy fees. I beg allof you to rally around Obama and prevent McBush from further debilitating the american economy and fanning anti-american sentiments around world. Mccain is just out of control and senile. if you observe the way he talks you will see America is in dep trouble if he becomes president. he is unwilling to listen to analyse things he says or projects. He is always angry and bullish and that is very dangerous. I think Bush policies will pale at what McCain will do.

    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. LC7196

    Hillary changes her opinion when it it's favors her. She didn't say a word about Florida or Michigan until she need them. Every state she lost up 'til recently really didn't matter because they weren't IMPORTANT enough for her, now everything and everyone is important to her. She 's doing her best to ruin what's left of this party. If she's gets the nomination I can tell you I'll work for McCain

    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Melinda

    Democratic party, your desicion on 31st of May 2008 destroyed fairness of election and destroy DEMOCRASY. DNC, you are no longer represent DEMOCRASY in America. YOUand your bias choice Obama ARE CROOKS. Did you see, DNC, reportage from CNN on 31st of May 20908 about
    Obama's first win in Chicago politics? His opponents didn't get a chance to be in a ballot, because Obama eliminate them before voting. He uses his education as a lawyer to get what he wants to fool everybody. He is maphia from Chicago with David Axelrod and others from his campaign. He pretended to follow rules, but he is a master to twist everything around and to make it legal. He is so dangerous person. His friends from Chicago are criminals and terrorists.
    DNC you are criminals too. I can not imagine how all of you knowing everything about this criminal Obama, liar Obama still support him and want him to be a President.
    DNC you deserve to be destroyed. Democratis Partiy should not exist anymore.
    And don't blame Hillary or her supporters that they destroy your crook Party. You destroy it yourself on 31st of May, 2008.
    I'm sure he will lose on GE. Thanks God, we have another Party. They will not allow this happen.
    Keep him to yourself, you deserve each other. CROOKS!!!
    Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Edwards, Richardson, big mouth Dona Brazile and all other idiots who support enemy of America will be prosecuted and jailed. WE HATE YOU ALL !

    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |


    June 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. where the beef?

    Bo can't win the hispanic vote, the bluecollar vote, or the clinton vote. BO is a loser.
    Who is this guy???

    June 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Sunshine

    (Chanting) Let's go, Tuesday, let's go! (Clap, clap!) Let's go, Tuesday, let's go! (Clap, clap!) So that we can focus on the general election, and let the REAL debates begin between McCain and the Democratic nominee (whoever it is, but it's looking as if Obama may be the nominee).

    June 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Anna

    Clinton has won all of the blue states that are needed to win in November. Obama is such a farse. He is now on CNN blabbing about change, but he hasn' said yet, 15 months into the campaign, what he is going to change. What a waste. . I am a Clinton Democrat who could care less about the Democratic party and their evil, cheating ways. The DNC leadership along with the MSM will have nominated the Democratic candidate. Why bother voting, citizens of Florida and Michigan – the DNC basically and spoken and they said YOU DON'T COUNT!

    June 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. BA, OH


    The reason Hillary is winning PR primary is that Obama doesn't care about PR primary. It will not be part of his presidential run and PR will contribute nothing to this November election. If Hillary is smart, she would bow out gracefully. But , she does not know when the game is over even though she is down by 50 points in the last 2 minutes of the game. She is running strong trying to collect some money to pay off her debt. But the idea of her being the candidate after being down by 180 delegates is stupid. Obama is the nominee and will be our President and when he is PR wished they had voted for Obama instead of Clinton. But making her feel good as her last days are numbered it's not so bad. She'll have something to remember when she's out of the race. She'll always say " I was the strongest candidate but did not throw a knock out punch to Obama. Obama has been jabbing her round after round and in the end he won more points that she did. So in her whole life she'll believe she was the strongest candidate but Obama was the smarter one. He never let her get close and throw a knock out punch.

    So, ask yourself do you really want a candidate who is strong but does not know how win or a candidate who was not as strong but outsmarted her. I'd go for the later. We don't need someone who brags about how strong they are, we need a candidate that knows how to use their strenghts and that's not Clinton.

    Go President Obama, 08 & 12

    June 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. MD in CT

    I'll try again.

    If Clinton claims the largest popular vote without including Guam, the Virgin Island, caucus states, and Americans who voted from other countries (including servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq), then SHE IS THE ELITIST.

    People in caucus states vote in public and people in primary states vote in private. They all vote.

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. D.k

    hey dud, Clinton is lier, has a lots of gar bage baggage. thats hay republicans love her and kept vote for her. because she is a good snack for Mccoony.

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Kathy in Texas

    Puerto Rico doesn't even get to vote in the election in November. It is pathetic for Clinton to act so childisly when gets a win, and in this case they don't even get to vote.

    The Superdelagates need to endorse Obama and get Clinton out. Her campaign is a joke.

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. terri

    Clinton campaigned hard in Puerto Rico, spending several hours Saturday on the back of a pickup truck in a salsa-blasting,


    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. wiser

    The super delegates better wake up, Senator Clinton has the popular vote. If the DNC supports the popular-vote loser this will ensure a losing outcome in November.

    America will not support poor judgment plus no experience! Senator Obama’s race will be a repeat of the 1972 election.

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. one nation under god!!!!

    Fact check time kids(obama supporters)economy not in reccesion,Iraq war all but won and obama is the liberal equivalant to the grand dragon of the kkk.oh yeah and thanks to jimmy anti-semite carter we now have no choice but strike iran.Sorry kids just doin the medias job.

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

    Jason, they're splitting about the last 8-10 contests and if she' s so good, why did she lose 11 in a row?

    Obama will be the nominee, lets go beat McCain!!

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Army Wife

    ————Hillary Clinton=G. Bush=mCain=Liars————

    –Shame on those who cast their votes for those who caused this war.

    –Hillary did NOT bother to read the papers, and authorized iraq war.

    –How can anyone TrUsT her in our W.H????!!!! How can you???!!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. MereMortal

    When Obama can't win something, he and his supporters try to pretend it's not happening. Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Puerto Rico. There are two people who could be elected the next President–Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Obama can spoil the Democratic Party's chances by being nominated, but he can't win.

    June 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. EE

    Maybe because the DNC wanted the nominee decided by the time pro
    Hillary states voted in the primaries. Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and
    Puerto Rico and possibly South Dakota are states Hillary was expected
    to win. That's just my take on it. Certainly not because she is now a
    stronger candidate and as Reality Check states she's running against
    herself. At this point who cares?

    June 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. gail

    Why would you count these votes as part of her argument that she is the stronger candidate for the general election? These people won't be able to vote in the general election. I am still a little confused as to why they should vote at all in a primary and have a say in who will be nominated if they can't vote in the general election anyway.

    June 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Franky

    Noooooooooo!!!! My White Sox just gave up a walk off!!! I can't believe it!!! Bad timing too man!!!

    By the way guys, tell Hillary that I remember when she had that Cubs hat and went to the game.......tell her I won't forget it.......

    June 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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