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. Yianto

    If Hillary represents the true will of the people, why is she not the front runner? With all of her history and experience (?), why is he not ahead of some young unknown? Hillary and all of her current supporters are crazy. If she is the right choice, why hasn't the people and the party (super delegates) not chosen her.

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Debbie

    She won in a big way there because Obama only spent 2 days there & what, the whole Clinton family camped out there for the last couple of weeks. All tthose people know is they liked Bill Clinton. All he has to do is go in & say, vote for Hillary & we'll get you statehood. Obama has got bigger fish to fry coming up ahead. Let her have her last win. Who cares?

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Mark from Seattle

    Well, that was fun. I hope she enjoyed spending a couple weeks on an island. Now back to the US where the majority of Americans don't like her. What a sad reality check, I am sure she wishes she could stay and be Madam President of Puerto Rico, at least they want her there.

    I laugh at all the people who say Hillary or McCain!

    It just shows how shallow their voting is. They might as well say "I am a sore loser!" Or, "I will only vote for white candidates!." People call Obama supporters as stupid people following a craze. Yet Hillary supports are following a crazy person. It shows when you vote for a candidate and not for the issues a candidate supports. So, vote for your Clinton dynasty or vote for your 100 more years of war. Luckily the rest of the country will be voting for a candidate who has plans to bring about real change

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. jake

    You have to remember Bill and Chelsey wer counting the paper BLLOTS....... 3 for Hillary .......... 5 in the trash can for Obama. All three of them were not in Porte Rico for 15 days for nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they were on a mission......

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Debby

    Oh Gloria shut up I am so sick of you, Toobin, Brazile and Anderson Blooper's comments. CNN really hires the bottom of the barrel.

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. r

    wait, are puerto ricans also backwards racists as well?

    June 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Justin from KSU

    Sally from Cali,

    Bush 3rd term = Obama becoming President. Didn't Bush run a "uniter not a divider campaign, outside Washington experience, can work with the members of the opposite party....Look at the mess this country is in." Who is Obama? He reminds me of Bush in 2000.

    McCain has a bigger appeal to Independents than Obama.

    I'll be voting for McCain or Hillary as a "write-in candidate"

    By the way, I am a bi-racial college student (white/asian) in Kansas.

    June 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Puerto Rican Mike

    OK, Congratulations "Bill"....hmm....I mean "Hillary" Clinton.......Can we move on now?......This victory by Clinton is irrelevant as Puerto Ricans cant even vote in the general elections.......I can honestly tell you that most people in PR dont care, as is reflected in the low voter turnout.

    June 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. GA for Obama

    Congrats to Hilliary!!! I have to wonder though, if she won based on her name, her husband name or the issues. I respect the people in PR vote. I wish they will obatain statehood.

    June 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. justobserve

    Are Clintons' supporters saying that because she won these last states big so she should be the nominee? There is a rule for counting the winner. So far, Obama won the maximum pledged delegates, more states, more superdelegates and more popular votes. The Clintons' popular vote count only count where Clintons won disenfranchising voters where Obama won. so, it seems, to Clintons' supporters , this primary season is all about CLINTON. Votes are counted only where she won but not where Obama won. Under such tally, of course Clinton won but won against who? Against Herself? Or against the majority of voters?
    She is out to destroy the Democrat party. If she wants to run with her supporters as an individual then leave the party and run as an Independent.

    June 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    Le's be honest here – she promised them statehood something her husband didn't do in his 8 years. Hillary spent 6 days there plus chelsea and bill another 13. What happened to the gas tax holiday?

    June 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. will

    Can't wait to hear what's next from the Putrid Pulpit of Obama's Church.
    Does anyone really believe he is out of that ministry of malice?

    June 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. beverly

    Hillary is trying her best to make this primary a sexist and racist issue.
    She has destroyed this party with her Karl Rove tactics. It sounds like a republican disguised as a democrat. She claims she doesn't want to disinfranchise voters and that is exactly what she is doing with her make believe mathamatics! She's bad on finances, her campaign debt tells you that! Wake up poor white america, your race is screwing you again along with black america! REMEMBER NAFTA?
    White America, Latino America, if you don't want to vote for a black man, vote for equality, because you know you're not looked at as equals!

    June 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Tracy

    Puerto Ricans are dumber than the country gives them credit for.

    June 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Vig

    I am sure you have taken Clinton's win and somehow marginalized it as you have done all along. I hope Clinton got some enjoyment from her Puerto Rico campaigning – she deserves it. She should stay in the race and not be pressured out by the political insiders or the media who are delighting in figuring out the day Obama will get his magic number. The sexism so apparent all along is now becoming more transparent. Clinton's campaign was much more disadvantaged by sexism then Obama's was by racism. If anything, race propelled 90% of Blacks to got vote for him. CNN ran an endless series on Race & Politics during the primaries – did CNN ever once run a series on Gender & Politics? This is how sexism gets acted-out. Clinton will have more of the popular vote and should stay until the final dust settles in August and I will be rooting for her until the final curtain falls on either Clinton or Obama – as the fates decide – not CNN.

    June 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Greg

    So basically, she won big because her last name is 'Clinton'.

    June 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. The truth

    Hillary has to go somewhere the people don't know the truth about her. They are spending all of there money on vacation.

    June 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. carolyn walker

    Hillary won because they felt sorry for her.

    June 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Fay Tx

    Obalegerwrigh.......... The Clintons fooled the HELL out of The Puerto Ricans.........2 Weeks of lies.Now it is time to face the music (LAST DANCE)

    June 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. New York Voter

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

    And Democrats Like Me Are Going To Make Sure ."

    This is so ignorant on so many levels, but if that's the way you feel please do vote McCain, you're ignorance will fit right in on "the right". Obama is a uniter unlike Hillary. The youth of the country has spoken and will speak in November, we're the ones that are going have to pay for current policy mistakes, ones that Hillary Clinton voted for!

    June 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Way to go Dems, the party is more divided than ever. From the spectical I watched yesterday from the decision made from the DNC's rules and by-laws committee stripping the people of Florida and Michigan of their votes to the racist and sexist comments made by representatives of both camps and finally the two racist pastors and an anti-American church. Way too much drama for me.

    McCain 08

    June 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. It isn't over until it's over

    This is going to end up being decided by the super-delegates, and by my math she is going to need around 175 to 180 delegates to go her way. Anyone else I would say no way, but she is a long time Washington insider whose husband is a former president. I predict a lot of backroom deals and latenight phone calls from here on in. It's a longshot but not out of the realm of possibility!

    June 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Louisville

    It's funny to hear in the media that Clinton's supporters believe that Hillary was treated unfairly. I recall Hillary ALWAYS attacking Obama. Does Hillary truly feel she was treated unfairly?? I cannot wait till this is over and Obama takes the stage as the Democrat's nominee.

    Hillary thinks she is entitled to become president just because she has been in Washington longer. That's typical of the Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Stacey

    Hillary will make sure McCain wins in November.

    If McCain does win in November, it will be Hillary's fault. She's destroying the party for her own selfish wants. Not that of the people's.

    More people have voted for Obama.

    Hillary DOES NOT have the popular majority or she would be winning.

    Hillary will go down in Histroy as a destroyer!

    June 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Debby

    You know Toobin is such a putz he is talking about Obama drawing crowds and McCain doesn't and McCain is leading him in alot of states. CNN you have the most idiotic political team on cable news.

    June 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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