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. William Morrissey

    Hillary is a liar, fraud, and has lower morals than Carl Rove. Since she didn't blow Oboma on Super Tuesday. it's gotten worse. Pre Super Tuesday, she said the primaries in MI and FL SHOULD NOT count. About 40% of the voters in MI DID NOT vote for her. No problem. Ignore previous promises and the FACTS and claim that she is "entitled" to all the votes. She has sunk to a level I have never seen before and is a disgrace to the Democratic Party, and the entire United States.

    June 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. you too!!!

    your conscience who?

    Gooooo Hillary!

    June 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Porter

    Did you guys TRY to find the worst picture possible? I could get a better shot than that with one take from a cell phone! Or is this part of your decidedly pro-Obama mock-journalism?

    June 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. where the beef?

    Obama can't win FL, MI, OH, PA, or WV. Game, Set, and Match for McCain!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Beverly,NYC

    CNN, Why are 8 headlines needed for Puerto Rico?

    She is winning PR because the are sentimental for her husband.

    Jason, Obama will be the nominee, get used to it.

    June 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Oh yea we should really pay attention to PR cause thats an important turn for this election. NOT!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Daniel, NY, NY

    All clever Dems must think of Plan B if the DNC continues to rob Hillary of nomination.

    Do we write her name in or vote for McCain?

    Let the Hillary Demos unite under one plan to defeat O-Loser.

    June 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Ann

    Congratulations Hillary – It is so sad that the media didn't expose
    Rev. Wright before Super Tuesday – Had they done so, you would have already had the nomination.

    June 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. smw

    I'm waiting for the exit poll question "was race an important factor in your decision".

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. get real

    Hispanics voting for a Black candidate? YEAH RIGHT. I don't care how popular Bill Clinton is, fact of the matter is, states with large Hispanic populations are not going to vote for a Black candidate. And don't make me spell out why!

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Chris

    Hmmm....once again Mrs. Clinton proves that she is the choice of the people. Obama isn't, he is the choice of the media. Hopefully, the super delegates are smart enough to pay attention.

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. JF

    They must not of been listening to CNN and Obama's people that keep telling every one she is done!
    GO Hillary !!!

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. one nation under god!!!!

    Florida and mich are lost to obama.I dont think he relizes that in the general elec its not proportional.

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. trups

    I thought PR'cans didnt WANT to be part of USA? Is this another of those paradoxes where Bill tried to 'confuse' the impeachers by mincing his words ... just as she did and does on numerous occasions? Beware PR'cans, you wont get statehood under those auspices.... remember her words 'PR'cans should get to vote in the general'..... that is all.... neither candidate is in favor of statehood ...why do the minorities STILL want to be underdogs? When r u going to get out of that rut and fight to take the reins yourselves? Why must we depend on superior races to hold our hands? Arent we already successful and competitive enough?

    DOnt feel like favoring any candidate. MCCain is a warmonger, Hillary thinks it is her RIGHT to own the WH and OB is being shafted by one of his own – MINORITIES!

    June 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. darren

    she won big because Latinos are racist, they don't even like their own black hispanics , i'm not suprised at all after studying South America extensively I already know she is their great WHITE hope that they wish they can someday be themselves.

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Mike in NYC

    The unspoken (unspeakable?) reason for her win is that a black candidate, barring local political idiosyncrasies, will not do well among Hispanics. The tension between the two groups is undeniable, as any glance at the situation in LA will reveal.

    In the last three years, the US Hispanic population has risen from (officially) 12.8% of the total to 15%. By 2012, it will have risen to almost 18%.

    This election season will be the first and last window of opportunity for a black presidential candidate. In the future, Hispanics will justifiably demand that one of their own be "chosen."

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Jose

    I am of Puerto Rican heritage and all I can says is there are a lot dumb and naive Puerto Ricans on that island. They just vote based on name recognition. Clintons have never done anything for the Puerto Rican community in New York or anywhere. Never thought I would say this but I am glad they can't vote in the general election. Go Obama!

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. DD

    What a minute, if Obama is the nominee ...why can this thing go to the convention? Because, though the media call him such ... he isn't that way officially yet. Anyway, working in the rules ...is fantastic for Obama ...he stripped the other candidates off the ballot in Chicogo using the rules. Yet, this time, he is going to have to actually compete against someone ...so I do hope Hillary will stay in there to the end.

    Win or lose, it will make one candidate stronger in the finals, because Obama can finally say ...he did win this one ...fair and ...not as crook as the last one.

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. goldenstate

    I hope Hillary runs as an Independent. Obama and McCain don't appeal to me. If she doesn't run as an Independent, I'm writing in her name in November.

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Michael

    Just goes to show you that Puerto Rico has no sense of politics.

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. GOD BLESS OBAMA

    OBAMA WILL SAVE US ALL NOT BILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Gerald F.

    To Jason's Question:
    Why is Hillary winning those primeries and not the nomanee? Good question.

    June 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Callie369

    I think everyone should encourage Hillary to run as an indpendent if the dems screw her. It's not right that she gets the most votes overall and Hussein receives the nomination because of super delegates.

    I cannot find anywhere in the constitution where superdelegates are mentioned. If someone took this factor to court, I think they would win.
    It is circumventing the electorate. The electoral college is bad enough without adding superdelegates. But then dems will do anything trying to win.

    June 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. yardstick

    M.C.-
    You must have your head in the sand as is expected.
    This is the same woman who said... "Now you all know the Michigan won't count for anything."
    Later.... "Ooops, I am behind.... count all the votes, I am an advocate for the disenfranchised.. count all the votes.. Shhh... only because I need them now. Count them all."
    Give me a break.
    How easily you all can be deceived by the Clinton's.
    Remarkable.

    June 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Griff

    Go! Hillary... Walk away.... Don't throw you're life away on Loser's...
    "Male Chauvenistic Democrat's"...

    June 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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