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. Patrice

    because all the states left in the primary are predominately white states, – PR.... But ask any PRican and they will tell you, they prefer to be considered white then blk...

    And how can someone be a Dem and vote for a republican who isn't willing to fight for what you believe in... makes no sense... your supposed to stand by your party no matter what ....

    June 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. one nation under god!!!!

    blah blah blah third bush term.you obamabots need some fresh material.it will take more then that to win

    June 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Jesse

    Clinton is down to earth to get what she wants. Well she reminds me so much of Cleopatra. I pity those who still consider her winning because her time is running out. If she has interest in Americans she should considering working with Obama to unify the party and people of america

    June 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Karen

    So Donna Brazile said Wednesday is another day, huh? Didn't she also say if they seated any of the delegates from Florida and Michigan she would quit the DNC? I wonder if Wednesday is her last day.

    June 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Robert DeCote

    Congrats Hillary!!!!! – GO ALL THE WAY GIRL!!!

    We don’t want a professional hypocrite in office.

    One who loves Rev. Wright until it’s politically expedient.

    June 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. An independent voter

    This is too sad. I wish Hillary just did what is best for the democratic party and ended her candidacy. She will not win the nomination, even if the Michigan and Florida delegates were awarded to her (based on votes for her) – do the math. She is splitting the democratic party, and even if she for some reason ends up winning/stealing the nomination, people at this point do not like her, see her as a liar, and she will not win.

    President McCain should be happy about all this. No need to campaign, just give the democrats enough time, and we will see another republican president (scary thought)

    June 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Dorrene Haugrud

    It is unfortunate one of your "best political team on TV" thinks PR does not matter!! What a comment by Jeffery (the OJ lawyer) .When Hillary wins – according to him and the female commentator (not Donna B) are always quick to make light of it , and build up whatever Barrack is (or is not) doing. His faults are minimized by the two of them, but let Hillary walk on stage and they find something critical to comment on. How about showing a little less bias!! Stop inflicting your personal feelings and support towards a specific candidate on the voting public. Try to respect everyone person who has a right to vote in this election, even if they don't vote for your candidate.

    June 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Hillary Holds The Keys To The White House !!!!! . She has The Most Support ( Popular Vote ) The True Will Of The People !!!!

    We Have Witnessed The Obama Campaign , The DNC , And The Media Stealing The Nomination Form Hillary . Hillary is A Fighter , And So Are Her Supporters . We Will Right This Wrong , We Will Support Sen. John McCain .

    McCain Is Going To Be Our Next President !!!!! .

    And Democrats Like Me Are Going To Make Sure .

    Obama , And The Pool Of Racist Anti – American Radicals He Swims With , Never get into Our White House .

    Hillary , Or John McCain 2008
    ========================

    I will second that...take it all the way to the convention Hillary.

    Obama will NEVER win in November!!

    June 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Joe Tolbert

    Democrats need to get real. Obama can not beat McCain and even if he does, he will get destroy by the forces in Washington. He has gotten a free ride because the media crowned him long ago and turned blind eyes on him. He has not gone through any scrutiny unlike all presidential candidates. Americans can not be handed a media-created president as was the case with George W.

    I know Hillary and i am sticking with her.

    June 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Great political year

    I love the Clinton supporters here who say she has more of the popular vote – ignoring the caucus states that Obama won in overwhelming fashion and pretending Obama has 0 support from Michigan. And that's what it means to avoid "disenfranchising" voters. Right.

    June 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Independence

    This primary is meaningless and a sham. The real story is that 100,000 Puerto Ricans staged a protest today for independence in San Juan. CNN and the other outlets choose to keep the American public in the dark.

    June 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Monti, MI

    @all "hardcore" Clinton supporter ...

    Here is what we have. Barack Obama will be very most likely the democratic nominee for the presidential election. Whether you like or not.
    You're upset because your favorite candidate won't get the nomination ?. I can understand that. But if somebody claims that he's a democrat and then would rather vote for McCain than for Obama (and you vote for McCain even if you don't vote or write Clintons name in because your vote will be one vote less for the democratic nominee) is beyond me.

    June 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Emily

    To Michigan Voter !!

    You sound like a two year old having a terrible two moment.

    Get over it.

    June 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. loyaltohillary

    Inspite of Hillary's big wins, the media, rich people, democrat leaders, and super delegates are still deaf and blind for supporting the ever hypocrite barack obama!

    June 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. yardstick

    Michigan Voter!!!
    You are right...
    Hillary holds the keys to the White House because Hillary never returned the keys .
    She won't hold them for long.

    June 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. keepitreal1218

    Who cares she have made a mess of the party I have no more respect for her none . She can win the last two who cares . She is done!! No VP job for her either , I hope it's John Edwards . It's time to move forward and bring respect back to the party and the White House. Puerto Rico voted for Bill really not for her. So do you think we really care "NOT" . Do they vote in the GE, No they don't . We will come together just watch don't count our party out . That will be a big mistake.

    June 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. dmmcs

    Hillary' s nothing but a sore looser, yet she's hoping for a miracle.
    She probably made promises to Puerto Rico. HRC you'd be respected more ,if you leave the race, in pride, and accept Americans for whom they chose (Obama) to guide and put this country on the right track.

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Anna

    You forgot to mention in your article that 1/3 of all voters said that they didn't even know enough about Obama to consider voting for him. Perhaps his one day visit didn't impress them? It seems that Obama doesn't bother to get to know those voters if he is not favored to win in their area. Who will he favor if he becomes president?

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Jessie

    Let's see... Hillary gave Bush the right to invade Iraq, has lied about being under sniper rifle, changed her stance on Michigan and Florida once she realized she needed their votes, called Bush the candidate to drink with and has been seen drinking with constituents more than anyone else, supported NAFTA, stole a Senate seat from a much, much more qualified female in New York, makes fun of Barack for speaking about his wins in the Virgin Islands and Guam yet praises her own victory in a territory that doesn't vote in the general election, has called Obama an elitist and pointed to his degree yet she is a Yale graduate and supports education but apparently not intellectualism, likes shooting guns and gun control...

    Part of me was hoping Hillary would get the nomination so her supporters would realize they had John Kerry 2008 on their hands. Doesn't anyone remember Rush Limbaugh and dozens of other conservative pundits urging Republicans to get Hillary in office because they have more on her to defeat her? I for one am glad that Hillary's band of hypocrites will stick with her through November. We don't need their idiocracy screwing up our country again.

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Del

    WOW! Hillary won PR! Great news. At least she has a good # of people who should be willing to write a check for her to payback the $20,000,000 or so debt. Common PR, join WV and Kentucky to pay off her debt. She used some of that money to campaign for you guys, so make sure you write a check to pay off that debt. I personally don't think that debt should be paid out of Obama's funds as current democratic rule stipulates. The least Clinton's supporters can do to bid her farewell is to start writing their checks for her campaign now. Please start doing that now since you felt she was the right candidate for change. Don't just vote, show your financial support especially the wealthy PR who voted for her. Start sending in your "De Niro".

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Emily

    california voter

    She deserves nothing. She's done nothing but run a dirty campaign.

    I hope she gets out soon.

    We need to unite not divide.

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Mike, GA

    I forgot Hillary was still in the race! I was too busy tuning in to Obama and Mccain debate about issues. The way she runs her campiagn will determine how she runs America, and like she's doing with her campaign, she will lead America into further debt.

    June 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. ed brennan

    This appears to be a strongly racially determined outcome. Clinton has consistently won large majorities among Hispanics in nearly all the states. It simply cannot be her programs or policies that is driving the voters. Having lived in NYC for many years, and witnessed the tensions and jealousies between the Blacks and the Hispanics, I think the outcome here was an entirely predictable and sad commentary on the nature of race relations in the United States.

    June 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Jamie

    Why do so many people who posted on this matter dislike Bill Clinton? Which part of his term wasn't good enough for you – the peace or the prosperity?

    Put the Kool-Aid down.

    June 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Rob

    She'll do anything to get a vote even with people that can't vote for president-lol

    June 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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