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. Awake in CA

    Hot off the press from the Obama camp:

    "Gibbs also did not rule out the possibility that Obama will seat the Michigan and Florida delegations at full strength if he is the nominee."

    So if Obama is the nominee, THEN he will seat the MI & FL delegations at FULL STRENGTH.

    More hypocrisy from Obama.

    June 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Sick of Hillary

    In two days Obama will win the last two states and nobody will care about either her win in P.R. or the rest of her unpleasant campaign. That staffer of Obama's that was dismissed for referring to her as a 'monster' was right. I am going to have a celebration party the night she actually admits defeat and concedes. And if she does not concede...well that would further confirm my dread for her.

    June 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Connie

    Clinton must be about 40 million in debt now.

    June 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. patrick

    Why would Hilary have the gall to persuade Latino voters that she is more electable than Obama ? Thats race baiting....

    pitting Latinos vs black?

    June 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Schneider: How did Clinton win big?
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    You are asking the wrong

    June 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Theresa B. Felmery

    I'm a Republican and have been voting as a Republican for 35 years.
    My hero is Obama 2008. He Plays fair, is honest, has a calm strength, and his inner beauty of respect toward others, including Clinton, is remarkable.
    Mrs Clinton on the other hand has played unfairly. Do we want a President who rewrites the Democratic Party rules according her whims? Do we want a president who does not follow the science of Economics, runs up debts for her campaign, and refuses to listen to Economist advise?
    I'm a white working senior woman and will fight for Obama until the end.Bush=McCain, Hillary=Bill(see Puerto Rico)I have no hope for this Country without Obama.Theresa

    June 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Scott

    With todays big win in PR and the all the votes in florida and Michigan counted,Clinton now leads by a small margain in the overall popular vote.

    June 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. tinh nguyen,ca .usa

    please don't let her made the party to count popular vote,they are so spineless the will change the rule to please the clinton

    June 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Schneider: How did Clinton win big?
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    You are asking the wrong question Bill. It should read: "Does anyone care if Clinton wins big?"

    June 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. A Jay

    This once again shows that Hillary has the right coalition to WIN the White House in November whereas Barrack Obama has a LOSING coalition.

    This vote is a reflection of the VERY IMPORTANT LATINO VOTE which we have had in past primaries in Florida, California, Arizona, Colorado, and Arizona.

    Good job DNC. Welcome Barrack McGovern.

    Since you have forgotten HOW you won the Senate and House in 2006, you will get a REMINDER this November!

    CNN please be gracious enought to allow my posting.

    June 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. AJ Edge

    Hillary, I Love You! Don't give up... you are our ONLY hope!

    June 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. cochrantrc

    Sorry, You are wrong. You are correct to report that although neither HILLARY Clinton nor Obamba discussed statehood, BILL Clinton promised, if Puerto Ricans voted for Hillary, HE promised they would receive statehood. When I heard that, I thought, wow, I guess he thinks he's running not her. Bill doesn't have the authority to promise anything much less statehood, but there he was in true Bill form!

    June 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. A Dem in Michigan

    Hillary promising statehood to these people was wrong. There is no way in hell that the republicans would allow it to happen. It would add democrats to the house and senate and there is no way they would let that happen.

    She is pandering and lieing to these people to get votes.

    June 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Nikita

    LOL, that is the funniest thing I have ever heard from a McCain supporter. Nice try though.

    "ANTHONY June 1st, 2008 3:24 pm ET

    HILLARY WILL RUN AS AN INDEPENDANT IF THE DEM DONT COME THROUGH FOR HER.. AND I HOPE SHE DOES"

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Pat Va

    I swear...you Hillary supporters are nothing if not self-defeating!!!! But I guess it's par for the course...you're goose-stepping in unison behind your fearless (or should I say fear-mongering) leader.

    Are you all so blinded by visions of her becoming the 1st woman president that you're willing go place someone in office who will have absolutely no regard for you, your families or your livlihoods (or lack thereof...remember her hubby put NAFTA into place which equaled job loss for a great many of you in PA & OH , for example)?

    When all is said and done, you would be wise to remember that both Bill & Hillary will go back to their cushy lives (no matter the outcome of this election) and you will still be out there trying to figure out whether to fill up your gas tanks or put food on the table. You'd better think long and hard about attempting to put another Republican in office over your "hurt feelings."

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. ginger

    So this is why Sen. & Bill Clinton are so popular in PR. They want to become a state and Bill is popular in PR. So out of 2 million people living in PR she gets about how many so far? Last look I had on CNN Sen. Clinton had received $37,000 votes. Add in Sen. Obama's votes and that gives us about 57,000 PR's voting. So, there are $1,943,000.00 votes left. I guess the majority of PR's registered voters knew this was a waste of time.

    Keep in mind my figures are not exact.

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Rave

    With her performance in this election .. some say not giving up.. I say desperation and ego for power.
    Next time if by any chance she becomes the nominee.. I would support Ralph Nader instead of her.
    She is like the MUGABE of US
    OBAMA 2008 -16

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Daniel

    Hillary is the best choice for America because she has experiences ,knowledge of the needs of American people and she has the will to a real change for a better future .

    HILLARY IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR AMERICA !

    GOOD BLESS AMERICA !

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Mike

    If you claim that Hillary has won the "popular vote" based on the premise that every vote counts, can you please explain to me how caucus states don't factor into the equation. Remember how well Obama did in the caucus states? If every vote counts, count the votes for each candidate as a measure of the popular vote, including the caucus states. Pretty soon, Clinton doesn't have the most votes.............. (crickets chirping)

    None of this matters after Tuesday anyways, we need to start thinking as about the November elections and not get divided. Please do not write in the candidate that lost, whomever they are. These two candidates are so much closer on policy and record. To write in for the loser of the dem primary in November is a vote for McCain.

    June 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Fashion Savy

    I am very disappointed that no one has pointed out the horrendous fashion sense Hillary is showing in this photo. For this reason, I will not vote for her.

    June 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. tinh nguyen,ca .usa

    oh god .i din't know that puerto rico have so much white working people,uneducate white working people

    June 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Anne

    For those dumb Clinton supporters who say she should run as an independant you should realize that as she has been running for nominee this year for the democrats she cannot run until 2012 as an independant. And thats the rule. Something you lot dont understand at all.

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    Viva Puerto Rico and become the 51st State and to all of those who say it doesn't will have to deal with Prince of Puerto Rico who is Ricky Martin!!! So keep saying its irrevelant because Hussein has already one and keep talking down to the Puerto Rican people. We PR have the votes in the mainland and we will vote in the GE including Orlando, Florida...so search it and see how many votes you need to win GE.

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Gerry

    I love an ultra liberal woman in tight pants:) Go Hill!!!!

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Kentucky

    Just watch her get creamed on Tuesday

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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