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.)


Filed under: Exit Polls • Schneider analysis
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. blessed4life55

    Like I said, before. PuertoRicans do not even like their own darker-skinned natives . Do you think they will overall vote for a BLACK MAN?
    Got to be kidding me. I work with them and see how they always veer towards the white folk in the office. Who care what they say.? They cannot vote in the General anyway. ANOTHER HILLARY STRATEGY TO DRAG THIS PROCESS OUT. America is in for some world troubles ahead in a couple years, so let her be the one to take the hits. OBAMA will be safe.

    June 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Helen

    CONGRATULATIONS – every Success

    We Love You Sen. Hillary

    June 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Voice

    Schneider ane Wolf Blitzer's calim that Clinton is leading the popular vote has been disputed by MSNBC. Clinton is estimated to get a net of more than 100,000 from Purto Rico. Counting in Florida popular vote, Clinton will be still behind Obama in the populaer vote. Clinton can try to claim Michigan votes, but it will not succeed if caucas votes are counted. There is no way that Clinton can claim the popular votes now.

    It was purely CNN institutional attmpet to put Clinton on the ticket as VP.
    This claim of Clinton's popular vote is a trash journalism, CNN and I challenge you to post this message.

    June 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. annette

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn

    June 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Rob F.

    I don't know – Hillary may be able to get the Dem. nomination if she has enough money and/or favors that she can give away she may be able to take it – but she cannot earn the nomination at this point.

    Unlike the infidels on TV the other day at the meeting about MI & FL, I'm not voting republican if Obama is on the ticket. What a bunch of mongrels – threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary loses.

    Obama's vs. Clinton's platforms are closer than Clinton's vs. McCain's – only an idiot votes to hurt their countries future out of spite.

    June 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Louisville

    With or without the vote from the Democrat convention yesterday, Obama would still win the Primaries.

    June 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Michael

    Let's all remember, when Obama won the Guam primary, shortly after Howard Wolfson said "You don't win nominations in Guam."

    It's really sad that they can so easily dismiss Guam as not mattering, yet care so much about Puerto Rico, where they win... how hypocritical can this campaign get? How many more people can Clinton exploit?

    June 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Clarence from Tennessee

    Hillary has maintained a campaign that has only one divisive message and one focus point; that is, "if I can't have the White House, neither can Obama, and screw the Democratic Party!

    June 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. BS

    Congratulations Hillary........they don't even vote in November!!!!!!!!!!! You're a happy loser..........you Clintons need to back out of the lime light. Your husband cost my husbnad and thousands of others their jobs. Retire the name. You aren't as popular as you think!

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

    I don't see how this makes HRC more electable if Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the General Election. When HRC finishes with whatever she's doing ; the general election will have been handed to McSame on a silver platter. Sad,Sad,Sad.

    June 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Texas

    Go Hillary! How about running as an Independent after Yesterday's mess in Washington. That is something for the Rules' Committee to think about. Did my momma tell me to play by the rule, Donna. I'll never listen to her again on CNN. Why didn't she get Gore elected? Did her momma tell her not to.

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Obama for the good of the nation

    "I will write your name in if you are not on the ballot Hillary"

    Go ahead, throw your vote away!! Let McShame win the white house so we can have 4 more years of republicans. Obama is the real deal, it's obvious that he's different from Hillary and her washington game-playing. Hillary is a lame duck who has never accomplished anything. Oh wait, except NAFTA, which she now refuses to take credit for.

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. j

    I got the impresion that 75% of the people in Puerto Rico are from New York. It's also another place where Obama didn't make a big effort to campaign. Puerto Rico isn't going to have any impact on the General election.

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Windy

    Now is the perfect time for Hillary to bow out, but she will not. Its not in her (or her campaign's) nature to be gracious. HRC panders to the lowest common denominator (gas tax and "obliterate" Iran), makes unrealistic campaign promises that she cannot deliver (400,000 jobs in New York), deceives and exaggerates (Bosnia snipers, negotiate Irish peace) and tears down (RFK/ JFK "a"- word references, anti-party-unity rhetoric). HRC even had the audacity to quote and rely on Karl Rove, the "architecht" who designed the failed Bush Presidency, perhaps the worst in American history. Its time to turn the page and write a new chapter in American history. As we have seen with Rove/Bush/Cheney Presidency, we should not elect a deceptive political "campaigning" president (i.e., Scott McClellen's book), whose only concern is winning elections at all costs. We must change Washington politics entirely with a new brand of leadership that is less concerned with 24/7 political campaigning, but will often take principled stands for America, command respect for the instiution of the Presidency and try to actually deliver for the American people because it is the right thing to do.

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Jim Bremer

    If the DNC "leadership" wants to ignore these clear-as-day signs and nominate a loser for November, then they'll only have themselves to blame.

    The DNC is behaving more and more like a Communist "politburo" that decrees who will be the "people's" candidate.

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. dg

    go CLINTON on to the Whitehouse

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Puffy

    The Clitons are just hungry for power. Hey don't care about the party any more! They already divide the party that's the reson she has stay in this race even she new she can win. Very scary people!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Tom

    why does it matter what puerto rico thinks? they don't vote in the general election. I'm confused as to why this makes any difference to anyone but the hillary supporters in denial

    June 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Brandon in Indiana

    As I stated in the "Clinton, 'This is Puerto Rico's Time'" comments that some moderator never accepted for whatever reason, this is Puerto Rico's time.

    There time is right now, because after today they will be completely forgotten for another four years until the next primary.

    June 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Tom

    Wow, watching the Hillary supporters consistently repeat soundbytes that make no sense with objective analysis depresses me about the state of our country. Anyone who thinks that anyone is stealing something from Hillary rather than vice versa really needs to sit back and think for yourself. Since when did politicans have "fans" instead of "voters"? This is getting silly.

    June 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Independent99999

    Looks like it is Obama's GIFT to her as PR does not matter in GE and Barack moved on to states that matter in GE!

    It is all part of Obama's Strategy

    Hillary should accept this GIFT from Obama and concede now. Otherwise, she won't have another victory moment to Concede and Step out

    June 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Educator in CT

    Congratulations Obama. You fought a great fight, you kept the course and you won. Fair and Square.

    If Clinton were truely the winner with the most popular votes then we all would know it. There would be no need for the loud repeatitive announcements.
    Notice the the Obama camp needs not yell about winning. Thats because everyone knows it.
    I guess experience didnt matter huh Hillary.

    I can feel the change, I am fired up and I am ready to go.

    June 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. carolyn walker

    Michigan Voter........."Hillary holds the keys to the White House"! ...I wouldn't dought it.....she stole every thing else while she was there.

    June 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Latinos 4 Hillary

    I predict 4 candidates in November:

    Hillary Independent

    McAIN Republican

    Nadar Independent

    Obama Democrat

    just wait....

    June 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Stan(NC)

    Senator Clinton "Won Big" because Democrats do not trust their country to an person with no experience and 20 years of hearing the hate-speak of his church.

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