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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soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. Elaine

    As an "Older Woman Hillary Clinton Supporter"; if Hillary is not the Democratic nominee in November, I will be writing in Hillary Clinton on my ballot in the General Election. I encourage all others to do the same instead of not voting at all or voting for McCain or Obama. Let us send a clear message that we will not let sexism in America over shadow the best candidate to be President of these United States.

    June 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Louis

    Jason, the answer is simple. It's because Clinton has been known for a long time and Obama is the new Kid on the block. Did you ever expect at the beginning of this process that Obama would be the nominee? Things have changed.

    Obama '08

    June 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Jon

    Obama is clearly the weaker candidate for the general. It is unprecedented for a trailing candidate to win closing primaries by this margin. It has never happened before. Good luck Barack, you'll need it.

    June 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. 1kid2luv

    If Puerto Rico can't vote in the general election, why should we care how they voted in the primaries???

    June 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Christopher Wiren

    Angry Clinton supporters tell party leaders: 'Let's go McCain!'
    Is this not a failure?!

    Why would any person, in their right mind, suddenly be PRO WAR and ANTI HEALTHCARE?

    4 years of more Bush is NOT the right thing for the Democratic Party.
    Should we not stand for our believes, against the Republicans, regardless of the outcome in this nomination?

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. peter

    because puerto ricans are stupid thats why

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. anita

    If Hillary does not get the nomination for President I am not voting.

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. yns

    HILLARY YOU ARE AWESOME! YOU HAVE MY VOTE IN NOVEMBER!

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Jim

    Rumor on the Internets: Michelle Obama Railed Against "Whitey"
    Posted by: Matt Lewis at 2:14 PM
    Rumor has it that there is video of Michelle Obama "railing against 'whitey' at Jeremiah Wright's church."

    If this is true, it could be lethal. It's one thing to distance yourself from your pastor, but quite another thing to distance yourself from your spouse.

    Might Rev. Wright be the one leaking the video?

    Update: I talked to Larry Johnson, the blogger who has this story. I don't personally know Johnson, but his bio seems pretty credible. He was once considered a "darling of the Left," but has become somewhat of a "bad guy" since turning against Obama.

    He speculates the goal is to hold onto the video till August.

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. where the beef?

    Obama will lose 48 States in Nov if the Superdelegates don't nominate HIllary Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. the jackal

    I say if PR can't vote for the president why do they get to vote at all. It is a double standard.They can't even have delegates in August's big show. Just Cheateries way of saying ,THEY LOVE ME MORE ,Elect me so Billy can fill ( I mean chill) with Monica again .

    June 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. President Hillary

    Congratulations! Hillary should stay in Puerto Rico, declare independence and be their president, so America can get rid of her.

    June 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Dawn

    The family took up temp residency like they did in WVa, Ohio and Ky.

    June 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. yardstick

    Too little too late. Another beauty contest won.
    The priest was right. Boo... hoo.... boo, hoo.......
    Though it was disrespectful to to Hillary irt was in fact the truth and darn funny.

    June 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. End of an Era

    This election represents the transition into a new era!

    June 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. MARYANN Oswego IL

    We as Democrats need to rethink who is being Chosen as our nominee and who is winning the actual votes from individual voters..solution:.To get the.Experience,knowledge,black/white.young/old/rich/poor/men women/north/south/east/west..votes of America the winning ticket should be Hillary Clinton/Harold Ford Jr.......THE REAL DREAM TICKET Hillary08

    June 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. David

    So....they voted for Bill.

    June 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. G

    Puerto Rico doesn't even get to vote in the general election so she can win all their votes because it does not matter in the end. Obama is expected to win in South Dakota and Montana states that actually matter in the General Election. She only wins the popular vote if she doesn't count cancus states why isn't the media reporting this? I thought all votes counted Hillary. Oh right I forgot only your votes count. Also if she counts Puerto Rico in the popular vote which is ridiculous because they can't even vote in November. But other states that actually count in November are not counted what kind of flaw method is this?

    June 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. David Cunard

    Jason – as yet, despite his supporters' claims, Mr Obama is not the Nominee. That can only be decided at the Convention and there may well be superdelegates who move to or move back to Mrs Clinton. Your implication is correct and, contrary to some posts, the game is not over yet!

    June 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Tim in NY

    How about the "Barak Obama stopped doing any real Primary Campaigning After Last Week" as an arguement. Yes he went to PR but not with any real intent. The same in Kentucky and West Virginia.

    He stopped recognizing that there is a Primary left undecided and you know what? He's right. It is done and has been done.

    I can't wait to hear her say these votes matter because.....they don't. PR cannot vote in the Fall and has no Delegates. It means nothing. Period.

    Lets see some of that Unity she's been talking about, eh?

    June 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. MBFLA

    Tuesday cannot get here too soon and then it will all be over, thank goodness!

    June 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. What if?

    CONGRATULATIONS TO HILLARY, now EXIT to the left, Please!!!

    Democrat “08”

    June 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Concerned Dem

    Puerto Rico is irrelevant. Period..

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

    Obama will be voted the nominee at the latest june 4th..
    IT IS OVER..

    sheeshh....

    and for all the WRITE IN older white women HILLBOTS... alot of states do not even allow that LIKE TEXAS

    June 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. richard jimenez

    Bill Clinton is known, not Hillary, I am glad CNN brought this to light. As a frequent visitor to Puerto Rico, their media bias speaks volumes of praise towards Clinton....can you say bought and paid for......?

    June 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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