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. Oliver

    Hillary,congratulation for fighting for yourself.You want to whack the democratic party but guess what ,it is over for the Clintons.As for PR ,God bless them but i wonder if they understand Hillary.

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. OBAMA WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    BECAUSE THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO HAS THE BRAINS AND EXPERIENCE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    THAT IS HILLARY CLINTON!

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Michael

    After listening to all the bickering by the "female" Clinton supporters, including the one that was crying on cnn earlier today about the Michigan and Florida decision, I would be shocked if we ever give a woman a chance to run for presidency again! I mean these creatures are just plain pathetic...boo hooo hoo I will vote for Mccain! boo hooo hoo Denver! Denver!! Denver!!!
    Obama beat Hillary fair and square. She ran a terrible campaign!!

    June 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. 4McCain

    Go Hillary, make those darn idiots in DNC destroy each other.

    McCain 2008!

    June 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    Please to continue to say its irrevalen and you will to answer to the PR people in the mainland and to Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez.

    The Puerto Ricans are loyal American who you call Patriots.

    June 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Jen B

    Clinton is not ahead in the popular vote, she is not acknowledging votes cast in the caucus states, mine was one. Yet, doesn't she say that "all votes must count". She is too inconsistent, too dishonest, too self-serving and I will never vote for her under any circumstances.

    June 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. ha

    she's a sore looser-i can't believe i used to like her
    what a disgrace she's become

    June 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. caron

    This is like a loser's tour for Hillary...She just gave commendation to Obama - and her supports Boo...That's why it's hard to say positive things about her because she has caused so much division amongst our party.

    But hey, you Hillary supporters, go on and go to hillaryclinton.com and send her some of your well earned $$ to help her millionare a*# get out of campaign debt...

    June 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Mike

    VIVA PUERTO RICO
    THE ONLY WELFARE STATE IN AMERICA

    June 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. MD

    Too little, too late.

    I cannot wait to celeberate her concession speech. It will be so sweet.

    June 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Caryn, WDC

    WOW what a big win...this is really going to help her in the general election. Puerto Rico can really offset some of the other states that have large African American populations...

    Wait...

    June 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Margaret

    For the first time in my adult life...........I may not vote in the presidential election if it means having to vote for Obama. Voting for McCain is not an alternative and I don't think Democrats should consider that an option given his views on war and abortion rights, etc.

    June 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. tim

    Mrs. Clinton has very clearly shown she is the candidate of
    the bulk of the Democratic party over the last two months.
    Every major State and some by landslides. Mr. Obama
    just keeps pretending it will all go away if he acts like he won.
    So he "resigned " from the crazy Church after 20 years.
    What was he the CEO?

    June 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. CHERI

    CNN – HILLARY HAD A GREAT VICTORY TODAY. YOU GO GIRL. I AM STILL HOPEFUL AND WILL NEVER GIVE UP. I KNOW CNN DOES NOT WANT YOU TO WIN , BUT I AM WITH YOU TO THE END .

    June 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Joe

    Go HC, you are awesome.

    June 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Dmitriy

    Just wait. Maybe Obama will be able to take away some of her delegates here too. Candidate of Change that removed his name from Michigan ballot to appease Iowa and then went back to Michigan and got Edwards', Richardson's and the uncommitted votes for him. Plus, he was even able to slash Hillary's lead in half. Where is the outrage? CNN is bias and do not report it as it is.

    Can you imagine your vote being "reallocated" to another candidate?

    June 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    The DNC are aware that only Clinton can beat McCain in November. Obama cannot win the states that matter, and he has no hope of attracting Clinton voters or the Democratic blue collar core. This will go to the August convention as it should.

    June 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. John Smith

    I would "strongly" encourage Hillary and her active supporters to form an Independent party. These people, lacking in a basic virtue of "honesty" should be removed far away from the Democratic ticket!

    Let us see how Hillary will do as an Independent candidate against the Republican machine. Anyone with a "small sense" of political history will know that the Republicans are ready to take on Hillary, especially Bill! The Republicans want Hillary so badly that they have even crossed over to vote for her, knowing that they have no good chances against Obama.

    I sincerely hope that Hillary, if she remains in the Democratic party, does not come even close to the Obama ticket. Both Bill and Hillary do not need to campaign for Obama in the general election!!

    June 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Slavica

    it's hard to see a difference between hillary as a fighter and hillary as a spoiler. she is fighting for herself and if she has to go down she will take all dem. party with her to hell.

    June 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. WhoCares

    AV
    "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."

    Your comment was really idiotic...your are a racist...to make a comment like that your are racist.

    June 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Johnny Mukmaker

    Hillary Clinton: The New Nader

    June 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Nancy

    Speaking about Obama playing by the rules. The rules don't apply to Obama. He did not have to take his name off the Michigan ballot, but he did and he was still given some of Hillary's votes, and was given all the uncommitted votes. The committee also gave votes to Obama based on non voters and exit polls. Hillary ending up losing more votes than she actually achieved. Tell me how that is fair.

    June 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. WhoCares

    Correction:

    your are racist = you are a racist

    June 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. natasha

    1. The only way Clinton has won the popular vote is if you use her own flawed logic: Count Florida and Michigan (Michigan, where Obama was not even on the ballot) and DON'T count caucuses. I admire her tenacity, sure, but we already had one nominee win with tricky math (Our own GWB.)

    2. It is completely ludicrous and childish for Democrats to threaten to write-in Clinton or vote for McCain if Clinton doesn't get the nomination (which she won't. If delegates vote with the popular vote, which they should, Obama wins.) If you really think McCain is better than Obama, fine. But if you vote that way because your woman lost, you aren't adult enough to vote.

    June 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. dl

    Denver... Hillary ...
    Just go to Denver....

    June 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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