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. TEXAS for OBAMA!!!

    DEFEAT is a bitter pill to swallow! The fat lady has sung! Shes just making a fool of her followers!

    June 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    L@@K at the SIZE of those Hips...!

    Elephantunize your Thighs ..lol

    June 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Sam Padayachee

    I have to admire Hillary's lack of self respect. What some people who try to be politically correct term as "hfighting spirit", I consider as stupidity. Is she that ignorant that se does not see what everyone else does? She does not stand a chance of winning the normination, and the longer she stays in the race, the more convinced the American people should be about her mental ability to govern the most powerful country on earth. After all that she has said and done about Senator Obama, how would anyone expect her to be his partner for change?

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

    I love it when Clinton people claim that Obama outspent her 3-1 - it is true he outspent Clinton, however, he did not outspend Clinton's 357s and other groups.

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

    How many "uncommitted" votes will go to Barack Obama in Puerto Rico? How many "exit poll" votes will he receive? None. Nada! The Democratic Party leaders are getting a lesson from Puerto Rico on how a democracy should work. Statehood!

    June 1, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Nava-Canada

    Hi Bill,

    Do the Ricans know that there are no two Clintons running in the race.

    June 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Dave

    Hillary,
    Goodbye heinous lady. America has heard enough of your bullsh#@! No position in Obama's administration for you. You really should have been more respectful to the future potus. How can we expect you to be a good president when you can't even beat an unknown black freshmen senator for the nomination? By the way how's that $20+ million in debt working out?

    P.S. While you were attempting to steal the nomination from Obama your husband was putting a few more notches on his guitar (or is it marks on his saxophone).

    June 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Sunny

    Dona Brazil was talking about “My mama always taught me to play by the rules” and to change the rules is “Cheating” today I’m watching her on CNN trying to talk about Dems coming together and what not what did mama not teacher her about hypocrisy ?
    Why don’t you ask her about her comments yesterday..

    June 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. michael, Gladstone, MO

    The DNC has not voted to install Obama – the process has put him into the lead with a little bit to go before primaries and caucuses are done. Senator Clinton has abandoned the negative attacks against Obama because she realizes how it will alienate her among the Democratic party members and is changing all yardsticks and semantics to try to make herself "electable." She has not won a majority of all votes cast, she lost her majority of delegates (which were the only thing that mattered before she fell behind) and she has lost the majority of states of the Union. She has all right to stay in the race, but the divisiveness of the race in the form of bile from her vocal supporters (HIllary or else we'll hand the country over to 4 more years of Bush-like policies) has no place in civilized politics.

    June 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. pat

    good for you Hillary , go get em .
    you can do it .

    June 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. mash

    "now u see why obama is winning.
    she spends 7 days, wasting all her money and time in a place that dose"nt vote in the GE.with 2 days to go.
    meanwhile obama cris crossin SD and MONTANA.which he's most likeky to win them both"

    Talk about judgement. why spend money on anything that won't count!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Sandy - PA

    The Clintons have left a trail of unpaid bills in every state. Now add Puerto Rico. People there won't get paid, either.

    How about they start paying off the $21 million they owe?

    June 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. j7

    Regardless of how the election turns out in November. Florida nad Michigan should have stayed punished.

    By the way, Hillary will not be the nominee.

    June 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. akamoke

    Congrats to Hillary on a good win, but she will not catch up to Obama

    For those Clinton supporters thinking of voting McCain, that's your choice, but please dont be surprised if Gas price goes to $8 a gallon and the war in Iraq takes another turn for the worse..It seems as Americans we tend to be fond of making the same mistakes over again

    June 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. JH

    Will someone please tell Hillary that the music has stopped and the dance is over? The cute guy left with someone else Hil, get over it.

    June 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. JJ

    People open your eyes. The Clintons do not have our best interest at heart. They have their own agenda. Someone just sent me a link about the Vince Foster coverup and boy was I shocked and disappointed. Google the name and see for yourselves. In good conscious I could never vote for Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Azee

    The only principle Hillary has is the principle of self. it's all about her. Make no mistake she is fighting for democracy. No she is fighting to fulfil a desperate personal ambition AT ALL COST. Puerto Rico(PR) is just a waste of effort. I don't know if she will still talk about popular vote when PR will not be voting at the General Election. Anything is fair as long as it favours her. Such a desperation!

    June 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Just curious

    Wonder if all those post menopausal women in pantsuits are still chanting Denver like a bunch of pathetic losers today?

    June 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Kathy - Illinois

    Hillary changes the rules when convenient for her...she should win a basketball game too, if she made more baskets, but not more points....what a joke....she is incredibly selfish...not someone I want in the White House!

    June 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Harlene Lee

    The DNC committee ,on May 31,2008(last Saturday), confiscated four of Hillary Clinton's Michigan DELEGATES she was entitled to ,just from the popular vote she received! This was the last straw for me!!! IF THIS GROSS INJUSTICE IS NOT RECTIFIED I WILL DEFINATELY BE VOTING FOR McCain next November. I will not cool off & change my mind. Also I have Twenty Registered Democrates in my immediate family & they will be voting as I do.

    June 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. D

    The Primaries are about delegate count and the GE is about the electoral. Like it or not, which I don't, those are the rules, and until it is changed let's stop talking about the popular vote. You cannot change those rules at the end of the game because your team is losing. And lets face it, Clinton and her team are the ones that lost it.

    June 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Benjamin

    Puerto Ricans are like most people who live outside the United States, they only see the white economic side of America. American propaganda protrays African Americans as indigent, ignorant lazy criminals, therefore they can't comprehend anything but a white president for the United States. Do your own research on Puerto Rico in reference to college level citizens, professional grade employees and those without a formal education. Then you will understand that the mentality that plagues West Virginia & Kentucky is not unique.

    June 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. M.S. Indiana

    And the price is ??

    June 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. American Patriot

    There are hacks at CNN that are monitoring these posts and only allowing in what they want. WOW what a job to have, some flunkies out of college that cant do anything elle.

    This is like FOX and MSNBC that manipulate the truth.

    The five owners of the big Media companies are BUILDERBERG MEMBERS

    June 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. IHH

    La Cucarach, La Cucaracha, get Billy, billy while he's HOT

    June 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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