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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soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. deb

    I don't understand why the DNC is treating Hillary so badly. Shame on you all. Peolsi and Dean you stink. Hillary supporters will never ever vote for Obama and don't think you can shove him down our throats. The more you try to convince me he is the better nominee the more I know he is not. He is a divider of people. Why can;t you see what he is and what he stands for. Just how many minister does this man have to divorce before you guys realize that Obama stands for hate. He doesn't even like you guys that are so strong behind him. Wake up before its too late for all of us and select Hillary for the democratic nominee. I will never ever vote for Obama. He is hurting the democratic party.

    Kansas for Hillary***President of the United States

    June 1, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Travis (in the real world)

    I hope Billary,Chelsea and Looser Bill enjoy spending the little boys $400 for his bicycle on their paid vacation......Maybe she should apply in PR for president of the "Loser Club"....I'll give a $5 pledge for you to stay there.

    June 1, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. history

    She won Puerto Rico because she spent time partying down with people who love her husband. HRC will finish all the primaries on Tuesday. Then she will do the right thing for the party and the country and support Obama's candidacy. She will convince her ardent supporters to vote for Obama and those that claim they will vote for McCain out of spite, well they can vote that way but it will not prevent a democratic victory. Obama will win the election in November and will go on to be a great president.

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

    100% of the the U.S. Constitution and 100% of federal laws and regulations apply to the territory of Puerto Rico. PR is a "de facto" incorporated territory of the U.S. just like D.C. 100% of puertorricans are U.S. natural born citizens. Despite these FACTS puertorricans are not allowed to vote for the President that signs those laws. Additionally, puertorricans have no vote in Congress, where the laws are drafted and enacted. Now, can anyone explain to me why shouldn't we be allowed to vote for the President. Funny, coming from the beacon of democracy in the world.

    June 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Matt

    Puerto Rico...useful since no one there can vote in November. No doubt Clinton will attempt to spin this win into something it's not. As her insistence on "appealing" the decision regarding Michigan's delegates proves, Hillary is not interested in fair play, justice, or what's best for the party. She will hold onto anything and everything that suggests she has a shot at winning while ignoring the other 99% of reality.

    June 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. GERALD STROTHER

    WOW SHE GOT 12% OF THE 2M VOLTER 48HRS AND IT IS OVER OBAMA WILL HAVE 2118 AND WILL WIN MT&SD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. TJ 1491

    Hillary riding her husband's coat tails. Some feminist! Oh, and BTW Peurto Rico is really just a small piece of NYC, so really no surprise. But, all in all this is nice for Hillary. I just hope she doesn't take it too seriously. This is really not a representative group.

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Dave

    Grats Hillary, but Obama's got the nom in the bag.

    To all the Hillary supporters who say they're gonna vote for McCain over Obama, hasn't Hillary said a million and a half times that "no matter who the nominee is we need a Democratic president?" Remember "it would be a grave mistake to vote for McCain over Obama?" Are you going to go against the woman who is, apparently, your hero, or at least someone you heavily admire?

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. No Vote For Obama

    Just Proof we want Hillary, NOT Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. D.T.

    popular vote doesnt elect a president and on wednesday morning Barrack Obama will be the clear nominee for the democratic party. As for the Florida and Michigan comprimises I think Barrack was extremely giving by agreeing to accept any of those states delegates considering they violated party rules. So all Hillary supporters get over it and vote for the dem nominee in Nov

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. mike in Houston

    It is not big DEAL !! They can not vote to GE.
    CNN is making it too..................BIG DEAL.

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Janet, American via Canada

    PR was called out at the beginning of the race, that HRC was going to take it but what about those who did Vote for Senator Obama, (who was there for one day only, imagine if he spent more than a week for the people to really see and hear him?) This was a paid vacation for HRC by BC and his commrades in PR.

    What else do expect from someone who is really losing where it counts?

    Senator Clinton is that school yard bully, who will be negative no matter what, she does really feel this is owe her – But Why?

    The Clinton Bush era are over - the real votes in November will count with the States that are eligible.

    The American People are ready for a real change, not the same hype in DICTATORSHIP that comes from the Clintons – Bush!

    June 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Belle

    Clinton HAS the popular vote. CNN's math estimating by DELEGATE COUNT is the worst kind of projection...for example...Clinton CLEARY won the popular vote in Nevada, but Obama got more delegates. Nevada
    does NOT keep track of the popular vote.

    The four states that do NOT track popular votes should Not be included in the total.

    Las Vegas, NV

    June 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. mike

    am i the only one who can see a camel toe?

    June 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. mike in Houston

    Who won BIG ? Hillary or Bill ???

    June 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. The Jake

    Congratulations to Hillary for her win in Puerto Rico. I'm an Obama fan and a democrat and will vote for either in the fall. If she were to win, I would not "write in" Obama, like so many are saying they would do for Hillary if she doesn't win. After the last election, I felt like my vote was meaningless. I think democrats have a good chance of winning the election if we unite.

    June 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Frank Lapond

    Donna Brazile should resign. Talk about a conflict of interests

    June 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. dave

    I encourage everybody to write in Hillary's name on the general election ballots if her name is not there.

    Everybody take a pen/pencil to the polls!!

    June 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. John, London

    Could someone ask the Puerto Ricans to keep her there on the highland for ever. She can fight for them to become a state AND perhaps in 3 milleniums to come become a country. Then she can become their Madam President.

    June 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. John, London

    Could someone ask the Puerto Ricans to keep her there on the island for ever. She can fight for them to become a state AND perhaps in 3 milleniums to come become a country. Then she can become their Madam President.

    June 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Mike in PA

    Popular vote is not accurate. Caucus voters are voters too. You claimed we should count all votes when it came to MI and FL but those that voted in the caucuses don't count? Hypocritical.

    June 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Steven Gall

    As if this matters. They cannot vote in the GE. Give me a break. Yawn.

    June 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Larry

    For you Clinton supporters who plan on her as a write in candidate forget it. Most states don't allow write ins. What they do allow is the candidates to register as Independents. Without a doubt Obama or McCain come in 2nd and 3rd in that race.

    June 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Marlie:

    the popular vote doesn't mean a thing. It's deligates. CNN you knew she was going to win PR by huge numbers, so why is
    Wolf carrying on like it's such a surprise and why does he repeat the popular vote over and over again?I hope after today, I'll never have to look at this woman's face again or hear that squeeky voice.

    June 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Janet, The Netherlands

    I still believe Hillary would be the best one to nominate, so thanks to Puerto Rico with their 55 delegates!

    abrazos

    June 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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