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. letusworkontheproblem

    Just a point of fact... I have seen videos of Bill Clinton promising statehood to the Puerto Ricans. I would guess that draws votes big time.

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

    Hey Cnn. What's taking so long with adding comments to other posts.

    You guys taking the day off?

    June 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. B - NYC

    Question... Why is it so hard to say she won because she deserved to win?

    Pretty sure the media has done enough damage already... Come on, she has been winning despite media that hates her and running against someone who has four times the money and still can't win... She is a leader and we do not need a President who can not make a decision unless the media pressures him into it (Rev. Wright would be a good example).

    One more question... Can anyone PLEASE just name five things that Barrack Hussein Obama (ooops said his middle name) has done for his state or our country in the VERY short time he has held a public office?

    Two things?

    Thought so... If Senator Clinton does not get the nomination, I will write her name in or vote McCain.

    June 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. j7

    Hillary and her suppporters are Status Quo.

    Thank God for 'CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN'.

    I have lost all respect for the Clintons. With the vile manner Hillary supporter are expressing themselves proves the point Hillary is a hateful divisive entity.

    June 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Go Michigan!!!

    I'm from Michigan and i think the DNC's decision yesterday was fair. We broke the rules and we have to pay for it. Go Obama!!!!!

    oh yea congrats on P.R. senator Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. CNN loves Hillary

    Great, another deluded group of individuals who think Clinton can win the nomination.

    Yawn.

    June 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. MY MONEY AND VOTE FOR OBAMA 08

    Hillary should stay in Puerto Rico, since they are stupid enough to believe all the crap the comes out of her mouth.

    June 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. j7

    If Hillary gets back into the White House, it will be as a maid.

    June 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Canadian opinion

    I am a Canadian citizen, but married to a U.S. citizen and in the middle of obtaining my visa.

    I have been following the race pretty closely. Although both candidates have done some flip flopping (which is normal) I would have to say more than not Hillary does not have many "ghosts" in her closet that the American people dont know about. Obama whom is very "fresh" and "new" and yes even very intellegent seems to have a few that are slowly starting to jump out. I am a little disappointed that the race is actually not closer. Obama is a good speaker you got that right, but Hillary definately would be the stronger candidate against McCain, who is a clone of Bush and would continue to hurt the American way of life and economy.

    What do Americans really know about Obama vs. Clinton? that should out weigh the entire campaign. Good for Hillary I say, there is no reason for her to bow out, I think she deserves to be noted in the history books along with Obama, they have both made this a very historic event and exciting for the rest of the world.

    Go Hillary Go!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Rene Romano

    All those negative comments about Hillary are out of place completely by people who have made them in this log. Mrs. Clinton, by far, has demostrated all she is willing to give this nation everything that it has lost by the Bush bad administration. Obama does not have the experience to start with to deal with the challenges left by Mr. Bush, who has damages the american economy, look deep at the issues advertised by every media on tv, radio, paper, etc. When Mr. Clinton was President, he left a huge surplus on this nation that Bush sent to the war were he is obsessed. We need to respect this lady, she is more knowlegeable and more electable than the others running. If she is not the nomenee, the DNC faces a huge problem. They will loose this coming election.

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. PA Voter

    Ditto the Michigan voter! Also, Obama wasn't on the ballot in Michigan because HE CHOSE NOT TO BE. Obama will NEVER get my vote because of Michelle. I am so glad she is finally glad to be an American! They will not unite this country. Again, GO Hillary. . .

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. cheryl

    CNN please! Why do you continue to distract your viewers with insignificant information, who cares that Clinton won Puerto Rico, it is unfortunate that the Puerto Ricans do not understand how fake the Clintons really are. The Clintons do not care about anyone except themselves. Unite Dems....

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. MY MONEY AND VOTE FOR OBAMA 08

    Wow, Look at the picture. Not a single black individual in it. It will fair to say that Puerto Rico is another West Virginia and Kentucky.

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. LR

    Clinton is by far the better (primary)/best (general election) candidate.

    Clearly Obama has much support, too.

    Both on one ticket?

    Clinton as an Independent?

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. GetLostHillary

    Yuck!

    June 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    more proof that hillary needs to be the dem nominee

    June 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Sleaze!

    Just off the press:

    "Gibbs [Obama campaign] also did not rule out the possibility that Obama will seat the Michigan and Florida delegations AT FULL STRENGTH if he is the nominee."

    What a sleaze bucket!

    June 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Gnomepark

    Turn out the lights....the party's over.....

    June 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Puerto Rican from Florida

    Obama supporters, go right ahead and continue to trash Puertoricans. You failed to realize that Puetoricans from the states will be voting in the general election. We will remember your nasty comments. My vote will go to John McCain. Trust me will be better off. I will no longer be a Democrat.

    June 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Edith

    How can anyone claim Obama played dirty? He played by the rules, was the subject of jokes and ridicule from the Clinton camp, had to endure Bill Clinton's rants day after day. He could have come out and shamed the Clintons with the Monika Lewinski, Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Whitewater scandals, but he said nothing. Once or twice he said something to defend himself or to bring the Clintons back down to earth. You think this woman stands for anything except power at all costs? If she stood for anything and had so much pride, etc., she would have dumped her philandering husband after the second affair came out to the public. Puerto Ricans voting for her because they appreciated her husband's presidency. Have they lost their mind?

    June 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. OSEKI EVANS, Norway

    Now that Billary`s done, lets all have some peace!

    June 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Marilyn

    The people in Puerto Rico have something better to do than listen to the media who is so pro Obama that it is amazing we even know there is another candidate. By the way what is wrong with going all the way to the convention to make the final decision? The constant call by some democrats to end the primary now and just have a candidate quit amazes me. Isn't this exactly what we are fighting to stop in all of the third world countries. It is called Democracy folks.

    June 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Doreen Augusta Maine

    She won so big because Obama let her. She spent all her money plus the money of other groups that support her. No big deal - it lets her feel good and it means nothing because Puerto Rico can't even vote in the general election.

    June 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Tamara

    WOW. How many of the last contest has OBAMA lost!!!!. Way to limp to the finish. Nominating the weakest candidate is not the way to win but if they want to force it down are throat I will have to consider who I vote for. Hillary as VP will help the Party in November and if Obama really wants to unite the party he will have to dump the far left ideas and ask her.

    June 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Someone said:
    HILLARY WILL RUN AS AN INDEPENDANT IF THE DEM DONT COME THROUGH FOR HER.. AND I HOPE SHE DOES
    -------------------------------–
    I have one question and one comment.

    The question: why do Sen. Clinton supporters use all caps?

    The comment: Only a Clinton supporter could be so ignorant to not understand that Sen. Clinton is not able to run as an Independent because of those pesky DNC rules as well as those of the GE.

    June 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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