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. bettee

    Riding her ex husband's coat tails.
    Ooops, I mean ex-president husband

    June 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Boxerbaby

    Great turnout of voters today!!!!!!!!

    How many of the registered 2.5 million democratic Puerto Ricans did actually vote today? My estimate is that only about 300.000 bothered. What an "overwhelming" gain in popular votes!

    Hillary Clinton suffers from delusions of grandeur.

    Obama 08/12

    June 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. eileen

    I wonder why I get no calls from the Democratic party on IF I would vote for Obama in November. Before the primary, I was called several times on Clinton vs Obama. I will not vote for Obama in GE. I will just let McCain win. Obama has too little experience, and all this talk of change means nothing if Congress doesn't work with him.I think the DNC should do a thorough phone poll on Obama support as candidate before they nominate him. They could get a big suprise loss in November.

    June 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Marilyn

    I am so glad that this will be over and that Obama will be the democrat nomonie Hillery & bill will do something dirty yet to try to winn all i can say is she is done and she needs to go back to the bar we dont need a drunk to be in the white house or her husband sleeping with anyone that will sleep with him we had enough when they were in and she lies so much tell people what they want to hear but if people would read the book where she said and this is a quote from it ( Screw them bill you don't owe them any thing speakig of the people ) they are Both sick GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Isobel Gotschall

    I hope that Obama is aware of the fact that many Hilary supporters are not Obama supporters. I would find it difficult if not impossible to vote for him for president. If she is running for the V-president on the ticket -I would vote for her/him.Otherwise I support Mc Cain. He is honest and anyone is an improvement on Bush. He set the bar really low.

    June 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Debbie

    The only reason Hillary won PR is because her last name is Clinton. So in other words, the people of PR voted for Bill, not Hillary. Had she not been a "Clinton" she would not have won. Why are they allowed to vote in the primary process if they can't in the GE. PR Shouldn't be in this process at all.

    Some keep saying that Obama stole the election – when actually it is Clinton who has been twisting the rules, and doing everything in her power to steal the election from Obama. Too bad Hillary, time for you to gather up Bill, Chelsea, and your buddy Ickes and go home. As I said when this whole campaign started – AMERICA DOES NOT OWE YOU ANYTHING. Obama has won fair and square, so stop with the temper tantrums and go back to the senate (that's if they still want you).

    June 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. KE

    ___ news station discuss sexism with four men and one woman.

    June 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Jan

    c'mon, Bill–admit it ! you admire Clinton for her tenacity, her love for people and her willingness to work with anyone and everyone for the betterment of America! She won because everyone recognizes her leadership and refusal to quit against unbelievable odds....we need more people like Hillary Clinton!

    June 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Sehdev

    Stupid America voted Bush for 2 terms. For those who say that just because Clinton will not get the nomination, they will end up voting for McCain... come on.... don't continue the STUPIDITY.

    June 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Susan

    So we're back to only giving her credit because of her husband? Just because people had a favorable view of Bill Clinton in the exit poll does not mean that's why they voted for her. Twist it and turn it – but don't let her win on her own merit – that would be too much "change."

    June 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Pete

    At this point, OBVIOUSLY it's not about the Democratic Party uniting, nor is it about "the people" — it's all about Billary.

    June 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. John

    Congratulations! Hillary nets exactly ZERO electoral votes for her "more electable candidate" argument. I guess they'll just settle for the body count. LMAO

    June 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. gohillary

    Awesome job Hillary. Your doing great! Hang in there to the end... dont let anyone tell you to quit. Our prayers are with you.

    June 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary wins big with the uneducated, the illiterate and the uninformed with short attention spans, and with the white bigots and racists. Now if only she could win over the educated the discerning and well read citizens who make an informed Vote.


    Hillary says she delivers. All I know is that she did not do her homework and bother to read the Intelligence Report on her desk (probably with the White Water Rose Law File Papers she (and Vince Foster) LOST on her desk when the judge ordered her to produce them) before SHE VOTED TO INITIATE THE WAR IN IRAQ!



    June 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Gary B

    We all congratulate Sen.Clinton's victory in PR. However, the popular vote is not the critiera to win the nomination. Also she keeps indicating that she has the most popular votes. However that is based on how you can the votes. They both have received over 17m votes. This is great for the Party. It's time for her to fold her tent and unify the Party to beat John McCain. Sen. Clinton you have run a fine campaign but it's time for you to end this by next Wednesday.

    June 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Nancy

    In Florida, write in votes are not counted unless Hillary requests they be counted. I doubt that she will do that because of party "unity". I no longer care about party "unity" so I will switch my party affiliation, something I never thought I would do. I would like to see a movement started so those who wish to switch to independent do so on the same date.

    June 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Mike from New York

    futile |ˈfyoōtl; -ˌtil|
    incapable of producing any useful result; pointless : a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage.

    irrelevant |iˈreləvənt|
    not connected with or relevant to something.

    June 1, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Paul

    She thinks Puerto Ricans should vote in the general election. Congrats HRC, didn't think your pandering could get both more transparent and more pathetic.

    June 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. B-NYC

    Question... Why is it so hard to say she won because she deserved to win?

    Pretty sure the media has done enough damage already... Come on, she has been winning despite media that hates her and running against someone who has four times the money and still can't win... She is a leader and we do not need a President who can not make a decision unless the media pressures him into it (Rev. Wright would be a good example).

    One more question... Can anyone PLEASE just name five things that Barrack Hussein Obama (ooops said his middle name) has done for his state or our country in the VERY short time he has held a public office?

    Two things?

    Thought so... If Senator Clinton does not get the nomination, I will write her name in or vote McCain.

    June 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. nina

    all of u who say hillary deserves to be president, I'd like to know based on what?
    Her husband? her changing the rules to suit her needs?

    she won in PR cuz she's spent the last 6 days there. also, her hubby and daughter have spent more time there too.

    Nobody is or has been taking shots at her for the last 2 months. Actually, McCain hasn't even called her on anything, nor has Obama.
    Obama is running against hillary, mccain, bill clinton.etc. He's got one foot in the primaries and one foot in the GE.
    I think he's balancing great.

    She's running against time and herself. Great effort for hillary, but the lesson here is don't wait until your behind, and then do the work. You work hard all the way through.
    Kind of like the turtle and the hare story.

    June 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Freddie

    The more we know about Obama – the more Hillary wins !! The so called Golden Boy is not who he seems and great speeches and carefully chosen inspirational words cannot run America... we may no longer be the greatest country in the world. To tell me that a guy from a broken home with no experience is going to bring our country back to greatness ? I would file that under "fairy tale".

    To the Obama supporters, do not hate Hillary at the expense of our country. Our country is bigger than Obama. Good speeches does not a great country make.

    To those who want to write in Hillary on the NOvember ballots, please do research because you have to know what you are doing or it will be disqualified.. You need to know how her name is spelt and whether to check off the box etc. Check out her website when the time comes.

    I am a Hillary supporter – and I will not do my country in by supporting Obama. Have you not heard forever that everything Oprah touches, turns to gold.. ? If you had a "product" to sell, you need Oprah – that is how Obama got his break.

    If you never met Hillary in person, you will never know the kind of electric awesome person she is.

    Hillary, do not give in – we the sane people, need you.

    June 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. TheConcernedObserver

    Very telling and disgusting. Will she ever understand she's got no chance?

    June 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. David, Silver Spring MD

    How did Clinton win big? She started with superior name recognition, thanks to eight years of the Bill Clinton administration, then followed that up with several days of non-stop campaigning in Puerto Rico while Obama moved into general election mode and toured Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, and other states.

    Take a look at the national polls; Obama is moving further and further ahead of Hillary.

    Now here's a question: why can't Clinton win Montana or South Dakota?

    June 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. daniel sunico


    June 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Robert Zuckschwerdt

    To bad for the DNC, sticking with a green horn will cost them the election. Americans are tired and broke from the inexperienced president we have now. I am a Democrat and I won't vote Obama!

    June 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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