June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
6 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. patrick

    to all hillary supporters
    she is a great candidate she fought a very hard fight but she lost fair and square. i think hillary need to blame her staff. they were unprepared and simply out manuevered. do not blame barack for their short comings, plain and simple they did not lobby for the caucus states as if they didnt think it mattered. this race has been over a long time ago.
    even if barack does lose he will be okay because he is relatively young man with a excellent political team. he has surrounded himself with intelligent and tireless workers. if he loses i will not be upset., but when you go to that voting booth think about the troops in iraq. think about permanent tax cuts for the rich. roe vs. wade
    the economy the gi bill the list could go on and on but it is this moronic thinking that got this great country in the fix that we are in now.
    go obama may god continue to bless you and bless hillary too.

    June 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Sarayntrix

    Yay! Now I can teach my child that rules don't matter because they can be changed at anytime during the game, just look at Hillary Clinton and George W.
    I can teach my child that lying is a good thing, just look at Hillary Clinton and George W.
    I can teach my child that crying, spluttering, whining, tattling and fingerpointing are positive behavior for anyone wanting to be president, or just in a plain powerful position. Just look at Hillary Clinton and George W.
    Y'know, eight years ago I was enraged by this kind of behavior from a presidential candidate, but apparently whats good for the gander is also good for the goose!
    Congratulations to Hillary, however. She has proven herself a formidable opponent, albiet a horrendously shameful (and shameless) campainer.

    June 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. BG

    The woman (Clinton) thinks this country owes the presidents position to her. I hate sore losers!!!!!! Bad girl...

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. CacklingHillary

    "I really hope Clinton wins the nomination. Although I think Clinton and Obama are equally strong, Obama may not be able to beat McCain as old fashioned democratic whites will prefer a white to a non white in the white house." AV

    I tend to agree AV. Not about wanting Hillary to get the nomination, because at this point she's lost weeks ago...but, refuses to go away. Pretty annoying, and it screams 'I'm Hillary Clinton, I'm supposed to win the nomination, I'm entitled!'. You know, Bush's and Clintons are the only ones allowed to be president.

    I do agree that old fashioned democrats and lots of generally ignorant whites will have a problem supporting a black man who's more intelligent and accomplished than they are. That's a real tough pill for some people to swallow.

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. John

    Yipee,Hillary wasted some more of her money on a meaningless campaign in PR, what an idiot :-)

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. AmericanJew

    ****I shall cast my vote either for Clinton or McCain!***correction

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. D.T.

    Apparently PR is just as racist as WV & KY. They all deserve each other. Too little to late. This is why they will never be a state keep listening to the Clintons. See you in 24 years PR.

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Eric Thornley

    And Hillary does not have the popular vote.

    June 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Chuck

    She is getting this credit only because of Bill…thats all. She is not a one -on-one match with Obama overall. If you remove Bill clinton factor, she would have been history 3 mths ago.

    So in a fairer comparison, she is no match for him….he is stronger .

    If u decide to rip out your eyes to spite your face and vote McCain instead of a democrat, be my guest. McCain will give you something worse to regret than HRC's primary election loss.

    June 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Kyle, FL

    I am a young Republican, but on the democratic side, I like Hillary. Hillary is the best bet for the democrats in November. She has the far-left and the so-called "Reagan Democrats". That is why the Clinton supporters do not like Obama. Obama is the extreme left, while Clinton is a moderate left. Yes, Obama is probably going to be the nominee, but he has so much work to do to get those "Reagan Democrats" that it will be close to impossible. John McCain will get those votes because he is a centered politician, he sees and understands both sides of the political spectrum.

    June 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Colony14Author

    Why do Puerto Ricans even get to vote in American elections? Become a state and start payng federal income taxes and I might feel differently. Until then, they are getting representation without taxation... a pretty sweet deal, especially when you toss in the American tax dollars that the feds distribute down there.

    But to answer the question (which CNN commentators don't have the guts to say on the air), Hillary won big and received majority votes across all demographic groups in Puerto Rico mostly because of racism. Other than race, there isn't much difference between socialist Hillary and socialist Obama, is there? Both will take income and profits from people who earn them in order to give them to people who don't.

    Or maybe the Puerto Ricans saw through Obama's "wolf -in-Maya Angelou-clothing" charade...

    June 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. YAW BRIGHT

    If you come to the end of the rope just tie it and hang on it that is exactly what Madame is doing.
    At least Madame she has done well but Obama has surprised her.

    June 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Jesse

    CNN Post this!

    Purto Ricans can smell the BS, it's the same as the On Bush spread back in 2000 and 2004.

    June 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. ROY CHAPLINE

    Her win is probably because cnn gave her so much help. You gave about two seconds time to the bold faced lie she told about being under sniper fire but devoted about two hours a day for the last three weeks on Obamas relation to his minister. You are blaming him for things that others have said just because he may have heard what was said .THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN A BOLD FACED LIAR .
    WHY CANT YOU BE A LITTLE BIT FAIR, I AM 81 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN FOR MOST OF MY LIFE AND SINCE GEORGE BUSH I AM REGISTERING INDEPOENDANT AND I PUT HILLARY IN THE SAME CATEGORY OR EVEN WORSE IF THAT IS POSSIBLE.

    June 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    I'm curious how or why the media never mentions the real reason why the Clintons are so popular in Puerto Rico. It's because Bill pardoned Terrorists from Puerto Rico who bombed a restaurant full of Americans. In return for this they were guaranteed Puerto Rican and Latino support. People say the media is biased against Hillary, but I have yet to hear anything mentioned about all the laws she broke and how many of them would have sent normal people to prison. The Media needs to really shape up!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Michael

    Puerto Rico likes bill Clinton? What load of Crap is that?

    When He ran against Bush in the early 90's Bill Clinton lost big in PR.

    June 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. corey m

    i am tired of hearing clinton suppoters threatening to vote republican or not at all in the ge if hilary does not get her way. this country is in serious trouble, the republicans have had their chance and chose to side with the bush regime instead of against it. who cares which dem wins. lets rally behind the winner and pray they can salvage whats left of our so called american dream.

    June 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Silent DoGood

    First everybody knows that OBAMA!!! is going to be the presumptive nominee but if Hillary keeps goin then she WILL RUIN ANY TYPE OF DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO BE CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT!!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Jatho77

    To all the pro-Obama people commenting with nasty remarks about Clinton and her motives: You people are truly misguided. OVER 50%of the dems in all contest s have voted for Clinton. She is in the race because she is a viable candidate and millions of us who support her hope that she will save the party from itself. I could accept the negative comments from you if her candidacy was weak or she had a minority of the popular vote, or even if she had been consistently losing since March. But the reality is the opposite; since March, despite all the calls for her to get out, she has won more contests and continues to get more votes than your beloved Barack Obama. What does that say about your candidate and his chances??? I respect Barack Obama and I hope he can take us to the promised land - but I doubt he is the stronger of the candidates and I get annoyed by the childish epithets hurled at Clinton just because she chooses to stay and fight (as her supporters expect her too).

    June 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Sherri

    Hillary won because PR has seen through the garbage the Obama camp has spread. Sorry using the word change and actually implimenting it are two different things.

    This democrat will "NEVER" vote Obama, even if it means voting againist my party!

    June 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. eli

    Obama inly campaing for a day in Puerto Rico. He stopped campainging for the past few contests since he pretty much secured his front runner status when he wong BIG NC. He doesn't want to fight Hillary anylonger because she can play very durty. This way he keeps the level of the campaing more civilized, and Hillary would be disarmed to keep further injurying Obama for the GE. Remember what she said about Obama??? Oh McCain hasw lots of experience and Obam,a a speech!!!

    Obama has had a amaizing campaing and he can afford to let her win Puerto Rico without really competing with her.

    HE WON THE NOMINATION.

    If Puerto Rico mattered for thi contest, Obama would also have been there the entire week like Hillary did.

    Bill Clinton spend ths past month, 15 days in PR. Chelsey almost as much, Hillary the past 6 days, and Obama once. Michelle, 1-2 days.

    June 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. UKbased

    its not really any of my business but Hilliary for me the best person for president by miles, to me she cares about the USA, she has been in politics many years and given many years to the USA; if she did not care she would not have done that; Obama...what exactly will he change?...I think he comes across that he cares more for the title than the job; I hope the super delegates see sense and vote for Hilliary

    June 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Sam-Colorado

    I think it is funny how the same Clinton supporters in the states are so proud Hillary won in Puerto Rico yet they are the same supporters complaining about latinos and hispanics crossing the border. How convenient....

    Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Bill Clinton, whom many Puerto Ricans love, showered them with affection. But he is not running this year.

    No doubt, the win in Puerto Rico will stimulate the process of getting Obama named as the Democratic Nominee.

    All those who will cross out a name on the election ballot: You surely know your vote will be disqualified for that.

    June 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Dari

    I don't understand where these Clinton supporters keep getting their numbers. How is she winning the popular votes when Obama is leading in pledged delegates (forget super delegates for now). Oh thats right change the rules Hillary when it pleases you. She cares not one ounce about the American people only the title of the presidency.

    June 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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