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.)


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soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. BubbleGirl

    I HATE Hillary. Her behavior in these primaries as well as her husband's has been beyond the pale. I now know why the GOP hated the Clintons so much.

    -36 year old female, white, Indepedent, all-women college educated, masters degree as well

    June 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Herman in LA

    CONGRATULATIONS HILLARY!!!

    Now it's over and can we move on?

    *yawn*

    GAME OVER HILLARY

    I will never vote for Puerto Rico to be a state.

    Obama!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Josh S.

    I was expecting a 60-40 win, but it looks like its gonna be 70-30. One of the few states where she outspent him 3-to-1.

    Still, Obama is the presumptive nominee. Montana & South Dakota will go for him, so it'll end well for him.

    June 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. gilesjp

    Hillary is just wasting everyones time and money. The media has been very generous to her by duping the American public into thinking its a tight race just so they can get a story. She had no chance of winning this primary since March 4th. Everyone is just catering to the rich girl letting her run just because she is too spoiled to realize she has lost.

    June 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. rita walker

    Actually the vote in Puerto Rico is essentially irrelevant. It won't change the delegate count much and the island cannot vote in the general election. Also, it is clear that many who had the opportuity to vote – did not. The vote does allow Billary to leave this race with a little dignity- something she hasn't displayed much of as she campaigned with a republican demeanor.

    On to November = Barack for president.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. sandy

    Turnout is abysmally low at 10 percent. There goes the pant suit lady's popular vote arguement. I cant wait to hear her new logic for claiming nomination.

    June 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Ann

    Congrats to Hillary on her large win, I am with you till the end...

    Question: If Obama thinks as he does that this election is his, why did he not allow the seating of the Florida and Michigan voters, was he afraid this race is not as close as he claims?? We all know the story and how the people there were punished for something they had no control over, their elected officials changed the rules, not the people, so why are they being punished for what their officials did, why not put it to the people and let them decide whether to move the date or not... No, that would have been the correct thing to do so that is out..

    As for Michigan, Obama pulled his name off, why, he was not told to remove his name, even if the people were told this voting did not count, why remove your name, I guess it's ok to not want to play in the ballgame but if your team wins you want to share in the winnings. I say let the people who voted uncommited revote, seems fair to me.. haha Well don't bash me because I support Hillary, this is America folks...

    June 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. chuckd

    Its all over. When the polls close on Tuesday the party delegates will end this.

    Go Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Great political year

    "If Obama is the "nominee" then why is Clinton winning all of these primaries at the end of the race?"

    Well Jason, consider that Obama didn't do much of anything in Puerto Rico because he is focusing on the general election, in which PR has no say. Indeed, he has been focusing on the general election for the past 2 weeks. Come Tuesday night, he and Sen. Clinton will have split the last 16 contests down the middle. Good for her. Unfortunately for her, he almost doubled the number of primaries and caucuses she won before those 16.

    June 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. tammy

    Hillary is beating Obama in Puerto Rico with a huge margin! If Obama is claiming he is the front runner, why he still at this point in the race, cannot close the deal? If he's that good, shouldn't he be winning Puerto Rico today? HILLARY '08

    June 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. emmy

    the people are screaming to the superdelegates...we want Hillary Clinton......get rid of those superdelegates and this won't happen again

    June 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Loretta from California

    If Puerto Rico cannot vote in the general election, why do their votes make her more popular?

    June 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Looks like all Obama has been winning lately is the Audacity of NOPE.

    June 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Kmp;

    Will CNN post this hope so ...

    My question is this I thought people were voting for the candiate, if this is true then she won because of her husbands popularity there on the island. Last time it wasn't Bill running for president but Hillary, goes to show that if she is elected president we know who twill be really there don't we.

    And with all of her pandering saying you should be allowed to become a state, hum hello Clinton they have been offered it quite a few times and everyime they vote it down.

    My only hope is once this is once that this is all over and Clinton isn't the nominee that she does the right thing and tries to bring in her crazy supporterss to vote for the Democratic nominee.

    June 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Garth

    Why is it people mention Bill as an adviser or help to Hillary in the White House as a positive factor. My feeling is that Bill would be in New York City chasing tai....working on his foundation. If (Please God no) Hillary got in, I doubt Bill would ever spend a night in the White House. I've wondered if Bill and Hill even live together anymore.

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. no obama

    Obama is such a racist; how can anyone vote for someone who hates white people? Whites built America and are its pillar of strength. Vote Hillary 08!

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. patrick

    Well we ALL know in PR , the whiter the better! So ofcourse they would choose Hilary

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Voice

    Only you and CNN care. Who else cares? Waste of your energy.

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Ted van Tol

    I realy don't understand the dems who will vote for McCain.
    I just can't believe that people can be that stupid.
    They will vote out of anger and bitternes over the lost of Hillary.
    But the programs of Hillary and Obama alre almost the same!
    Voting for Mccain is voting for the past and that past (8 years)
    brougt your country a economic disaster, a war that cost the life
    of so many of your young boys and girls and a lot of disrespect
    in the whole world. From Europe we look at Bush and McCain if
    it were Jokers! As I see it, Barack Obama won a fair election and
    I think it is great when he will be your next President. I am sorry for
    Hillary but she had a very bad campain(team). She made herself
    untrustworthy by her sniperfirestory. She realy believed her story and that is unforgiveble because it is importaint that you can trust the words of a President.
    so dems of the USA, unite. overcome differentcy and stand behind
    the democratic nomine.

    With love from the Netherlands
    Europe for Obama!

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Cannot support Obama!!!!

    Senator Obama has proven that he is anti-woman and is a racist! I would never vote for him. He will never win in November and will easily hand the republicans a victory yet again. Ted Kennedy needs a good kick in the tail.

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. pahqlle

    Regardless of what happens in this election, it is very obvious that Obama and the DNC do not have the power to unite the party. Try as they may....The ONLY person who can united the party is Hillary and that's what really bothers them, that she has more power then they do.

    Holding a position in government doesn't mean you have power, just position. Hillary may not get the nomination, she may not be VP, but she has the power that eludes them.

    For those Obama supporters (Part-time Democrats), you are the same people that put Bush in office in the first place...Either by believing that stay the course crap or you didn't vote at all. So frankly I don't believe you have right to criticize anyone, about anything!

    June 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Nancy

    Clinton ran circles around Obama in the debates, and is a superior candidate in every way. Why shouldn't she win Puerto Rico?

    Maybe people there are independent thinkers who don't read the vicious press against Clinton in the NYTimes etc or listen to the misogyny of many Democratic party leaders. THOSE two are the real reason Clinton has fallen behind in this race.

    Cliton supporters will not support Obama becasue he is unfit to be the President of the US. At first we thought it was lack of experience. But now we know it is fatally flawed judgment as well. His CLOSE friends and advisors have been Rev Wright and this vicious man Pfleger. Hating white people and hating women should not make someone eligible for the White House. Shame on the Democratic party for allowing this to happen. Hopefully they will see the light before the convention.

    June 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Elder

    SamSunny
    There are Puerto Rican Soldiers Fighting in Irag, and all recent wars,
    This country has gone to. Puerto Rico deseves equal representation in Washington D.C.

    June 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. dee

    Hillary you are simply the best. Hillary or John McCain

    June 1, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Don

    I will forever be bewildered as to how we Americans can look at the same thing and see different outcomes. If Hillary won because of her policies OK, if any other reason, its a sad commentary on our society. I will be glad when this whoe thing is over with, whichever democrat gets the nod, they will have my vote. Although if it's Hillary, it will be hard cause I don't like her decisive tactics, however, she is so much better than McCain that its a no-brainer to vote for her.

    June 1, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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