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. Chut Pata

    By her own yardstick, Puerto Rico should not count because the win does not make anyone electable, as Puerto Rico does not vote in General Elections.

    However she likes rules that favor her and wants to change that do not favor her. So she would want to count Puerto Rico win in, and would not want to count caucuses in.

    June 1, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Miguel

    Congrats to Hillary. Now let's move on to the real election.

    June 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Ken

    This truly shows that Hillary Clinton cares for the people of Puerto Rico, and that Barack Hussein Obama DOES NOT CARE for the people of Puerto Rico!

    Hillary Clinton wins the popular vote and is the one that we want for our next President. Hillary is the strongest one to beat McCain in November, and thus will be our next President!

    Hillary Clinton, our next President 2008

    June 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Chi4Obama

    So CNN,

    When will you "project" Barack Obama as the winner of the democratic nomination.

    But then again, I guess it's more newsworthy to pander to Hillary's supporters in making them think they have a shot to win. So now they can argue abstract facts like "popular vote" and "momentum". Hmmm, did Barack even campaign hard in Puerto Rico...??

    June 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Renee

    Obama still did a fantastic job overall running against the big time well known Clinton name. If she is so great how come he is able to run neck and neck with her?

    June 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. hillary 08:

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is without a doubt, YOU ARE the better candidate. The dem's have blown it if YOU are not the nominee.

    I will write you in if you are not on the ticket!

    June 1, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. martin

    i will never vote for puerto rico to be a state.

    June 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    OMG – are you telling me they voted for Bill Clinton's third term?

    How silly.

    June 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Chris

    But wait Bill Clinton isn't running, is he? >_<

    June 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. James

    Why was Peurto Rico changed from caucas to Primary in March when they said Hillary will claim Popular vote?

    June 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Sally from Cali

    Her legacy will be that more people have voted for her than any other candidate in history up till now.

    BUT more people have voted for Obama than any other candidate in history as well. 18 million is 18 million.

    Congratulation to both history making candidates.

    Obama '08

    June 1, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. peakarach,des moines

    I truly hope Hillary will win by 50 points.

    Go Hillary!

    June 1, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Sara

    Obama got TWO supers this morning.... Who cares about PR ? Most importantly – it is the last time we will watch (I will not! ) Clintons on TV.. On Tuesday there will be a BIG CELEBRATION for Barack acroos this country and the whole world, That's what matters!

    June 1, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. carrie,obama baby

    *yawn*
    GAME OVER HILLARY

    June 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Reality Check

    Because she is running against herself.

    June 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Tim

    Does anybody remember the comment, "We make History we are not subject to History from Hillary and MCCain"? Now watch what is going to happen!

    June 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. SamSunny

    The question is, why does Puerto Rico matter more than Guam and Virgin Islands? We are counting popular vote in Puerto Rico but not in the territories of Guam and Virgin Islands. We are also not counting votes in certain caucus states, including Washington, my state. If you only use states that favor you, anyone can win.....it's called cheating. It really isn't a 50-50 popular vote at this point. If popular vote is the metric, then we must count every voter in every state and territory. Anything less is flawed.

    June 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Jason

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

    June 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Naomi

    The important thing you need to remember is that Obama won the nomination because he earned it. He won the most delegates so far, over 260 more than Hillary. Obama played by the DNC rules, the same rules that one of Hillary's major camp advisor and strategist put in place. Ever hear of Harold Ickes?

    June 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Patrick

    So, there was a big turnout among statehood supporters. I guess they viewed it as a pseudo-referendum on statehood. Makes sense I suppose.

    June 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. M.C.

    Hillary won big in P.R. because she is the better candidate and can win in Nov. Delegates in Mich. and Fl., how can ANY of you ever endorse Obama, after he did not support YOU!!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. california voter

    how did she win? she's a tireless campaigner. she expended so much energy and enthusiasm. she deserved to win! and she deserves to be our president.

    June 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Dawn

    If Puerto Rico can't vote in the fall....then why should they be allowed in this proccess???? If anything is unfair this is!!
    Dawn
    Canada

    June 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Mary - Independent

    Congratulations Hillary! Keep fighting!!!!
    This fighting and bickering between the two Democratic Candidates
    needs to come to a conclusion. Is is unfortunate that this campaign has resulted in all of this disrespect and unkindness. The Democratic party needs to unite, but it is pretty difficult to unite under
    all of the tension disagreements.

    June 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Debbie B.

    Hilary has to see this election thru to the end. I have faith in her. She is going to be the first woman president of the USA.

    June 1, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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