June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
9 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. FrankSmith

    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 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Bratt

    Who cares? 3 more days and Clintons will be history. FOREVER!
    America hates them.The best thing for them is to stay in PR for years .

    June 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Smiley from Conyers GA

    WHO CARES? Puerto Rico can't even vote in the general election so this win means NOTHING!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. ys

    Hillary is winning big because the voters want to let the DNC know that the party bosses should not decide this one! Obama blocked a revote in Michigan and then "allocates" the delegates based on back room deals, even grabbing delegates pledged to her.

    Suddenly he doesn't seem to bring the kind of change we were looking for....Even if you suport Barak, you got to admit this is filthy politics.

    June 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Donna

    YAWN...more amazing is that folks still think that she should be the nominee EVEN though she has not won "anything"...there are more states to the union than Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc...had she not UNDERESTIMATED OBAMA in the first place and ran a better campaign she wouldn't be looking like the "bitter" one now...if she somehow "steals" the nomination from Obama, I will write in "Mickey Mouse" before I vote for her...

    And this is from someone who did not support Obama 100%..but I can appreciate the fact that he didn't whine and complain, bring up conspiracy theories, he ALWAYS congratulated her on her victories when she tried to ignore his....a person with A BETTER CHARACTER gets my vote...

    I don't support whiners....he picked up another superdelegate today...so I am sure they are paying attention to more than politics...

    June 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Unshrub

    Again, CNN when someone leaves an intelligent comment you see fit to remove it. I can understand, the intellectual level of your reporting would force CNN to try remove anything resembling intelligence.

    June 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Luke

    Hillary Clinton needs to be a write in candidate.
    The Democrats have proven they are as vile as the republicans with votes not being counted.
    Stand beside me fellow Clinton supporters and Write in Hillary Clinton if Obama gets the nomination.
    Don't vote for McCain, vote for our candidate, the one we supported from day one, the one that can pull off the upset.
    Vote Hillary Clinton in November, no matter what.

    June 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. SGT Redd

    I think that we all have HOPE for the candidate of our choice. This primary has been the most talked but even at my job. I think we all are hoping for our next boss to look for our best interest and not how to make money for future buisness relationships. The americain people that are joining the Military these days are not doing it for patoritism but because of what is being offered for health care and paying for school to get better jobs to pay for health care. The stress caused by the state of america today is why we are all just wanting someone to look out for the small people. The voting process it self is set up for big buisness to have the last word. It is hard for anyone to understand how if at all the vote they make will even count. I mean i watch CNN counting the votes and after 29% of the PR HAND COUNT, CNN says Clinton won? I am really wanting to see how it all plays out. Is this, as a military member, what I am fighting for? Are all men going to looked at as equal finally? Maybe not but it would be nice to know that the black tax will be put to bed. it will now look as if everyone could have the dream of being President some day, that is before death is knocking at your door.

    June 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. WhoCares

    HELLO...HELLO....HELLO...Anyone there?
    OBAMA....OBAMA....OBAMA.....O YEAH, OBAMA picked up two superdelegates this morning.

    OBAMA 08

    June 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. j gannon

    Only count your votes, never mind Obamas, she is really insane and so are her voters!

    June 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    I just watched her so called victory speech on cnn. She is disgusting! To all the hillary supporters, I say God bless you. What happened to the gas tax holiday?

    June 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Screw Hitlery

    Hitlery will become president. It is and always been inevitable. An act of GOD is upon us all and the supers will flood and flock to her. Hitlery will make the inevitable comeback. It is her destiny as GOD's chosen one to win. GODs word and will is to have Hitlery rule the world.

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. BJ

    A win but it doesn't matter where it counts. It helps her exit gracefully when this is all over. Her moment in the sun. But not smart for the Puerto Rican popylation. I feel that they in being loyal were trying to send a message. He still gets delegates, ironic isn't it. Cuts her short of the 92% that she needs.

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    For Gods sake. She, Bill and their daughter spent 2 weeks there and Lord knows how much money. Of course she won! DUH. If she had not won there would have been a big problem. Yawn.
    Obama was on to bigger and better things.

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Edgar

    Is not unfair to let PR vote in primaries. What is really unfair is not to let them vote in the Presidential elections and not to let them have 2 senators and representatives.

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Bill

    More garbage from the Obamabots on here. If he is such a winner why does he continue to lose? It has been months since he has won anything – all we hear about is how he is entrenched with racists, SAD. He will lose to McCain

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Mary

    I am so sick and tired of this argument that she has the popular vote...this is not the case...unless you choose to ignore the caucus states....including the one I participated in. So my vote and beliefs are not important. You clinton supporters are cherrypicking the numbers to make your argument, but anyone with half a brain knows that if you counted the caucus states she does not have the popular vote.

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. D From Maryland

    Have she paid the people their MONEY?

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Tami Jo

    Thanks PR!!!!! When our third party ticket is made we will think of you, and your kindness to our beloved Hillary!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Ellie

    Unless she goes on vacation there, Puerto Ricans will never see Hillary gain. So much for your precious votes. Since when does Puerto Rico vote in the general election or is this something that Hillary is going to change?

    June 1, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Sheryl

    How can she keep making speeches about every vote counting, when she really means every vote except those of us who live in Caucus states? Get real, get out.

    June 1, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. curtis

    Too little to late. Face it, this contest is over.

    June 1, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. mndharmas

    delirious hillary

    June 1, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Fox; Albuquerque NM

    I don't know... I still think it is not really a good thing to talk about popular vote at all... Because if we were talking about popular vote, Gore would have been Pres in 2000.... so...i think it is a mute point.

    June 1, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Melinda

    To link McCain and Bush as the continuation of the same policy is so naive and stupid in political terms. So we should link Obama with Kerry and Kennedy with all their mistakes and out-of-touch policies they have promoted. We can also link Obama with the corruption in Chicago as he really did not change anything there and did not improve life for thousands of African-American in the community he served for.
    We need to link Obama with all the status-quo of the Democratic Party who did not opposed the war from the very beginning like Kerry as Obama himself never created a serious movement to opposed the War (for political convenience) until he started a serious run for the presidency.
    If we follow the links we will see who is Obama and what he really stands for: an average politician who uses the American's dreams to reach his political ambitions.
    CNN please post my comment.

    June 1, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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