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. teacher

    Shows people in Puerto Rico are extremely intelligent.

    June 1, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. karen P

    She won it by partying and being a lush

    June 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Florida voter

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Alex

    U Americans are fortunate u could see again what a low quality people the Clintons are. Politicians all over the world aren’t great, but there is only few as low quality politicians as the Clintons. For some people even now isn’t enough evidence for that, guess for some evidences don’t matter.
    In any case, Hillary will have to paint her house white if she wants to live in a white house))
    Congratulations and Greetings from Canada
    Viva Obama

    June 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Amanda Prado

    To pienso que en cnn se pusieron en contra de Hillary cuando ella es la unica que le puede ganar a Jhon MCain yo no se se politica pero si se que si Obama es el nominado no van a ganar los democratas esta vez y no me gusta la senora Gloria Borger sus comentarios no son neutrales a pesar de ser mujer se intimida con la capacidad de la senora Clinton lo siento por este pais si ella no es la nominada la jente dicen que si Obama Gana no votan por el se van a acordar de lo que les estoy escribiendo nesecitamos experiencia no palabras todos opinan muy bien pero no saben de politica

    June 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Kathleen, NC

    The question isn't why does Puerto Rico matter more than Guam and the Virgin Islands, but why does it matter more than Iowa, Washington, Nevada, Maine, parts of Texas and any other caucus state process. They have not counted in her opinion and counts for some time. This is the voice of all people, or just the people that advantage her campaign at the current moment.

    June 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Come on Obama supporters, be nice!! Very nice win Senator Clinton!!!

    An Obama Supporter, 08

    June 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. susa

    those people who are cheering Hillary to run as an independent if she doesn't win the nomination are nuts. Not only would she lose, but she would lose her political career. I know that some of her supporters are very adamant and very loyal, but just because your candidate doesn't win is no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
    Obama's campaign has not done dirty dealing or stolen the victory for Hillary. His campaign has not moved the goal post during the campaign, as Hillary's has. It is difficult for me to understand the anger of the Florida and Michigan democrats, unless it was directed at their state's political leaders who put them in this hot water in the first place.
    However, I am deeply disappointed that Hillary's campaign has gone to such lengths to try and changed the rules midway because she was losing.
    You can bet that if Hillary was winning there would have been no big push to "have all the votes count".
    Oh wait, that was all the votes except the 40% who did not vote for Hillary in Michigan. Those voters she couldn't care less about.

    June 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Hillary 2 Victory

    HILLARY HAS WON THE *TRUE WILL* OF THE PEOPLE.....THE POPULAR VOTE.

    DO NOT IGNORE THAT

    MORE PEOPLE VOTED FOR HILLARY

    IF SHE LOSES, IT WILL BE THE YEAR 2000 ALL OVER AGAIN.....

    June 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Black Republican - New York, New York

    How did Hillary win big?

    Simple: Hispanics and Hillary have a closer skin color than Hispanics and Obama!

    If there's anyone who thinks people haven't factored in race/ethnicity/skin color in the Democratic Primary, contact me; I have a suspension bridge to sell you that can span the Atlantic Ocean between New York and Britain.

    June 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Kathy

    I thought Hillary's big argument is that she wins the states that will matter in the General Election. Puerto Ricans can't even vote in the GE. Biiiiiig deal.

    June 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Ralph

    She will make a great president of Puerto Rico.

    June 1, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Beatriz Perez-Sanchez

    Clinton won very big in Puerto Rico because she and her husband have done a good job over the years fooling so many Latinos into believing that they were their best friends. Scratch the Clintons and I'm sure we'd find that they harbor the same prejudices against Latinos that they have shown with respect to African-Americans in this campaign. I'm one Latina who is not fooled in the least. I can spot Hillary Clinton and her husband as phonies a mile away.

    June 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Naomi

    June 3, 2008.............. OBAMA 2008!

    June 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. About Time

    Her only hope of getting to the White House is for a meeting with President Obama.

    June 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Amy

    PR is not a state so who cares....

    June 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. who cares about billary

    yay for hillary shall we give her a cookie now? this is nonsense hoopla moving on...NOW!

    June 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. HANK

    I THINK HILLARY SHD GO ALL THE WAY TO CONV HILLARY HANG IN THERE

    June 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Oric

    Funny,

    Here is an individual who seems to be incapable of running on her own record, and her own name, and constantly has to remind people that she is married to Bill Clinton.

    If Bill Clinton, didn't exist, what would be her drawing card, her stellar record as a senator?; her backing of George Bush for the Iraq war.

    What I don't understand is if Puerto Rico is not a state, why is it participating in this primary?

    June 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Jake

    The media clearly wants Obama to be the Democratic nominee and the voters and real working people in this country want Hillary.

    Result?

    America gets McCain as the 44th President.

    June 1, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Nathan L

    I'm glad to see Clinton starting to catch up to Obama. I don't know why people keep downing Clinton. When Bill was president, we had the strongest economy in over 30 years, we had a budget surplus, and home ownership was at an all-time high. You know Hilary had some presence in what Bill Clinton did. I don't know about you folks, but I slept great at night when Bill was president. I could find a job, a good paying job, anywhere! Way to go Clinton, I hope somehow you when the democratic nomination!

    June 1, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. David Self

    Hillary leads in the popular vote and in over 90% of elections, that's who wins! If this were the Republican winner take all primaries, she would have been the nominee long ago and we would be asking Obama who? Most of the states Obama has won, the Democrats never win in the general election: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and his own Kansas shows McCain winning big now. OBAMA CANNOT WIN!!

    June 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Willy

    She won big because Obama is empty like a beer can in a crack heads hand.

    June 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Aliou FL

    The race is over so why is she playing this game?

    Hillary can win all she wants because the repuks are helping her. but she is still not representing change. she represents the status quo.

    so the game for her is the same she played with Algore as vp.

    she can't even be anyone's vp. she is too unsubbordinated and stubborn. she likes to run her own show where she is the only one manipulating marionnettes.

    June 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. KC Atlanta

    What an impressing win for HRC,she has really done so well so far,now get your supporters to unite behind the one that has the most delegates according to the DNC rules to run for the GE.

    June 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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